Cocoa, sugar, and palm oil: behind the main ingredients of Nestle’s KitKat bar, there are some bitter truths. This season, we’re exposing those truths, one ingredient at a time. Join us for conversations with cocoa farmers who’ve worked with Nestle, activists who are exposing them, and visionary leaders around the globe who are building alternative models that are changing the balance of power in the food system.

More from Season 1

How We Hold Corporations Accountable

April 27, 2021

There's race to the bottom for cheaper ingredients, cheaper certification labels—cheaper everything just to feed corporate profits. In our final episode of the season, we speak with Charity Ryerson of Corporate Accountability Lab and explore a few ways we can raise the costs of business as usual.

Money and Power: The Unnamed Ingredients

April 13, 2021

Are corporations above the law? Do money and power trump human rights? This episode, we speak with Terry Collingsworth, the attorney representing six people who were forced into child labor in Nestlé and Cargill’s cocoa supply chains in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Building the Campaign Against Nestlé

March 30, 2021

After Nestlé dropped Fairtrade certification on its UK KitKat bar, the news could have gotten swept under the rug. Joanna Pollard, the coordinator of Fairtrade Yorkshire, refused to let that happen. This episode, we learn how her organizing efforts brought Nestle to the negotiating table.

Fair Trade: From Movement to Market

March 16, 2021

Grocery store shelves have dozens of sustainable and ethical labels—but do any of them really make a difference? Merling Preza, a pillar of the fair trade movement, brings the ingredients of a KitKat bar back to the shelf to look at what wraps them all together: the label on the outside.

Palm Oil: Industrial Destruction, Regenerative Promise

March 2, 2021

Robin Averbeck of Rainforest Action Network (RAN) shares how the industrial food system turned palm oil into one of the leading global drivers of deforestation. In Ghana, Safianu Moro of Serendipalm describes a totally different model, where small-scale palm oil farmers are regenerating the land.

Sugar: Building a Sweeter Future

February 16, 2021

Karen Mapasua of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) helps us untangle sugar’s bitter history on the island of Fiji. In Paraguay, Andres Gonzales of Manduvira cooperative shares how fair trade sugarcane farmers are turning the global sugar industry on its head.

Chocolate: A Crisis of Capitalism

February 1, 2021

Fortin Bley and Franck Koman from the Ivorian Fair Trade Network (IFTN) expose Nestle’s misleading marketing claims and the current challenges faced by cocoa farmers. And award-winning author, Simran Sethi, describes the true cost of an industry that bills cocoa as an “affordable luxury.”

Season 1 Trailer

January 12, 2021

Introducing: For a Better World, a new podcast by Fair World Project about fair trade and the farmer and worker-led movements that are fighting for equitable food and farming systems.

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