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IWU Professor Teaches Students Dark History of Chocolate

BLOOMINGTON - Before you bite into that chocolate bar, one Illinois Wesleyan teacher is giving his students a little more to chew on.
BLOOMINGTON - It's almost Halloween, and that means, for many of us, an uptick in the amount of candy we eat. But before you bite into that chocolate bar, one Illinois Wesleyan teacher is giving his students a little more to chew on.

Dr. William Munro’s passion for chocolate runs deep, but he says there's a lot more to it than meets the eye.

Worldwide, workers help produce those sweets on a day to day basis, with multiple products based out of several continents.

Munro says there's also a dark side to the business, with child labor still being featured prominently. He says it's important for his students to think more critically about their favorite bar.

"Are there other kinds of ways to organize it? Are there other ways to protect the price or the producers? Should we look to Hershey’s to say you've got to produce a little more responsibly than you are, or at least to show us that you're producing a little more responsibly?” said Munro.

Munro says he's been teaching this course for a number of years, and no student has told him they want to give up chocolate after taking it.

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