Farmers in the Ivory Coast continue to export the greatest number of cocoa beans worldwide, accounting for 43 percent of the world's supply, but most of those farmers have never tasted or even seen the final product. 450,000 small farms of twelve acres or less produce billions of pounds of chocolate each year. While companies like M&M/Mars have failed to fulfill the terms of the Harkin-Engel Protocol, they have been enormously successful in diverting attention away from bad publicity and distracting Americans with images of colorful, glossy M&M characters with huge grins, adorable, batting eyelashes, and witty, light-hearted remarks, or similar ploys.\n All chocolate labeled organic such as Newmans Own and Dagoba are fair game as well, since the USDA enforces its own monitoring and sets of requirement designed to protect against exploitation.
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