Nestle recently announced they would be releasing a vegan version of their popular Kit Kat candy bar. It’s no secret that Nestle is mustache-twirlingly-evil, with a lengthy history of extra bad ethical transgressions that includes chocolate sourced from some of the worst forms of child labor. Suffice it to say, some people are stoked and others are, well, not so stoked. If an episode about divided opinions over a corporate plant based food product sounds like deja vu, you’re not alone. We WILL talk about Nestles history with the plant based food scene and some of their unsavory business practices. But mostly we wanted to reflect on the feeling of despair that descends upon the land of vegan every time these things happen. Prepare for a rant-y, ramble-y episode ahead!
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Episode 2: interview with lauren ornelas, in which we touch upon the labor issues with chocolate production.
Episode 101 Why Misanthropy is bad for veganism (first mention of Nestle acquiring Sweet Earth)
Bonus episode: A Tale Of Two Lawsuits (discussion of Nestle vs Herbivorous Butcher)
Nestlé is launching a vegan version of Carnation condensed milk (Vegan Food And Living)
Nestle announces Vegan Kit Kat. (plant based news)
Hershey launches vegan chocolate (plant based news)
Cocoa’s child laborers (washington post)
CHILD LABOR AND SLAVERY IN THE CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY(Food Empowerment Project)
Nestle and Hershey To Face Child Slavery Lawsuit in US(The Guardian)