The cocoa bean industry is spatially organised – there are regions of the world that produce cocoa and regions of the world that demand cocoa. The countries that produce cocoa have the natural characteristics and usually forced labour to do so. The countries that demand cocoa have the enterprise to manufacture and the income to demand cocoa. For these reasons networks of trade and economic interdependence at many scales have been created. This shows that the demand for a bar of chocolate economically connects different places around the world.
It is shown that these connections can often lead to mistreatment and exploitation. Consumers should make careful choices when purchasing products if they do not want to contribute to this manipulation. Consumers should select Fair Trade labelled chocolate to support the wellbeing of farmers and children working in the cocoa farms. They should also support the development of ethical trading s0 that farmers and labourers in cocoa producing countries can ensure fair payment and a better lifestyle.