Chocolate and sustainability….it’s everywhere!

As I delve into the origins of cacao, you will learn just how entrenched certain cultures are in cultivating these plants. You’ll also learn why if you care about the environment, your health, and fair trade, you should care about sustainable chocolate.

I will share the linkages to conservation impacts of cocoa farming in a future post, but for now, to tweak your interest, check out this partnership between a well known conservation NGO and the cocoa industry.

Interested in economics and agriculture? You might be surprised to know cocoa is big enough to have been discussed at a World Economic Forum meeting.

As for you business people out there, you already know how big the chocolate business is. You might be interested to know how the largest companies have come under increasing scrutiny over their industry’s practices, which is why they are now competing for the ever coveted “sustainable chocolate makers” title. Case in point, Kraft, and Mars.

And finally, for the foodies who love chocolate, let it be made clear: all chocolate is not made equal. If you’re curious just how legit your “chocolate/candy” bar is, know this – There is a VAST difference between chocolate- the candy bar and chocolate- the real thing.

More to come on all of the above! Do you have any burning questions you would like answered on this blog? What do you perceive to be the biggest issues in the chocolate industry today?

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1 Comment

  1. KP said,

    October 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Hey! Nice blog 😉
    Some food for thought as you think of future topics — I’m from Pennsylvania and Hershey’s Chocolates is a huge industry for the State, not to mention other companies such as Mars, Wilbur, Ashers, etc. PA relies on its “specialty foods production” (snack foods and chocolate/confectioneries) for part of its manufacturing sector. How do you envision large companies, such as Hersey’s, shifting to the “sustainable” side of cocoa production while keeping costs down? I am not knowledgeable on the intricacies of sustainable cocoa production, but imagine it is far too costly for big corporations to want to adopt as their main practice, while still ensuring profits.


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