Book Review – Chocolate Nations: Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa

Book Review – Chocolate Nations: Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa

Órla Ryan is an Irish journalist who lived in Ghana for approximately 4 years. She worked for Reuters, a media company known for providing information to the media and financial markets. Her mission was to regularly provide stories about cocoa. She interviewed a collective of people from diverse backgrounds and collaborated with them to contribute to her stories. As she explains it in her book,...

Is Chocolate on the Road to Extinction?

Is Chocolate on the Road to Extinction?

If the chocolate industry doesn’t evolve, we might run out of chocolate one day…  In addition to being a whimsical tree, Theobroma Cacao is vulnerable to diseases, pests, climate change and production processes.  Today, the industry’s focus is on rapid and low cost production rather than fine flavor; meaning we are pursuing profit at the expense of chocolate’s great diversity.  The present...

Cocoa & Vanilla: A Love Story

Cocoa & Vanilla: A Love Story

Timeless, classic, meant to be... Cocoa and Vanilla share a beautiful story. Both originated from Central America, and travelled the world to become popular flavors. This short story is an homage to those two lovers. 15th century, Mexico The Totocacs of Mexico had Vanilla, the Aztecs had Cocoa.  Both plants were regarded as having powerful health properties. Their civilizations included them in...

HOW WILL WE PAY COCOA FARMERS?

HOW WILL WE PAY COCOA FARMERS?

Cocoa output has nearly tripled since the 1960s.  Much of this extra production has come from the intensive production in West Africa. In the case of the Ivory Coast, cocoa production represents ⅔ of the national income. Being too dependent on a single product makes a country vulnerable to strong destabilization if the prices were to violently drop.   In 2016, the overproduction of cocoa in the...

The Chocolate Industry 2020 & Rosie’s Confections

The Chocolate Industry 2020 & Rosie’s Confections

Rosie’s Confections is a confectionery based in Vermont. We started as a small artisan CBD edibles company and soon broadened our offerings to confections.  We place the discussion on sustainability at the heart of our strategy. Working on our social conscience and investing in a circular economy (direct-trade) approach is our way to advocate for a better world. Today it might seem avant-garde...

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