The Netflix series ' Rotten ' (German for 'spoiled') provides interesting and impressive insights into the dark side of global food production. The fifth of a total of six episodes is “Bitter Chocolate” and – as the name suggests – deals with the dark side of one of our favorite indulgences: chocolate, using Tony’s Chocolonely as an example.
Hardly any other food is more popular in Germany and around the world than chocolate. Germany is currently the second largest chocolate consumer (per capita) in the world after Switzerland, with almost 10 kg of chocolate annually.
Tony's Chocolonely in "Bitter Chocolate"
The only problem is: very few people know where the chocolate comes from or under what conditions it is grown . The episode “Bitter Chocolate” deals with exactly this. She goes back to the origins of chocolate - cocoa cultivation - and vividly shows the problems there. What the systematic exploitation of people and nature looks like along the chocolate supply chain. The example of Tony's Chocolonely also shows that, fortunately, there are bright spots. We are also somewhat critical of Tony's Chocolonely. However, we still give them great credit for their good communication work when it comes to fair, slave-free chocolate!
Of course, neither the topic nor the approach is new. But we always think it's good when the topic is presented in an easily understandable way for a broader audience - even if it's sometimes a bit sensational. Therefore: if you have a Netflix account – be sure to check it out!
Save the earth it's the only planet with chocolate
Are you interested in fair and sustainable chocolate? No problem: we have a large selection of fair, sustainably produced chocolate products at Theyo. For fair enjoyment without a guilty conscience, it's best to take a look at our shop . Would you like to find out more about fair chocolate beforehand? Then it's best to take a look at our blog . Here you can find out, among other things, how good chocolate promotes biodiversity . You can also read here how you can recognize really good chocolate . And of course you can also find out more about how we work at Theyo .
Header photo from the Netflix series "Rotten"