Exclusive: As global demand for chocolate booms, ‘dirty’ beans from deforested national parks in Ivory Coast have entered big business supply chains
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‘Once this was all trees, but they burned them to plant cocoa’: the ruin of West Africa’s rainforest.
A journey into the heart of the West African rainforest reveals it is being ripped up to feed the growing global demand for chocolate
We’re used to paying about $1 for a bar of chocolate. But that price undercuts the farmer, the flavor, and the finesse that it takes to make good chocolate. To understand why many craft chocolate makers have adopted the direct-trade model — and higher prices — let’s look at how Big Chocolate works with farmers.
An excerpt from ‘Bean to Bar: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution’
Raw cacao contains the highest concentration of anti-oxidants of any food in the WORLD. Anti-oxidants help…” •
🙌🏼❤️Raw cacao contains the highest concentration of anti-oxidants of any food in the WORLD.
Anti-oxidants help neutralize free radicals-which is a major cause of many degenerative diseases, cancer tumors, heart disease, and premature aging.
Raw cacao also contains the highest concentration of magnesium of any food in the world. 80% of Americans are deficient in MAGNESIUM- and as a result many are plagued with heart disease, joint problems, diabetes, and hypertension.
The mass production of chocolate includes pulverizing and roasting the beans, which destroys most of the flavanols that give your body the anti-oxidant boost it needs! This is why it’s important to buy QUALITY #cacao.
Toss a handful of cacao nibs or powder in your smoothies-or buy a delicious bar and nibble on it daily.
If they put us all to work in a cacao farm, we wouldn’t be treating chocolate the way we do.
Under the tropical sun, in 90% humidity, mosquitos all around you, fighting the mud and the thick foliage, harvesting cacao pods by hand, with a dangerous machete that can cut your fingers off at any time, being paid less than a janitor to do all this. No kidding that farmers switching from cacao to another crop is a reality always on the news. You gotta have some damn strong motivations to handle all that.
So remember that if we get to eat our favorite food, it’s only because somebody on the other side of the world decide to face such pretty scenario every day.
Hope you’ll look at your chocolate differently today.