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...

Our Best Daily Affirmations to Start Using Now

Our Best Daily Affirmations to Start Using Now

Using daily affirmations is a practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment. You don’t have to believe affirmations for them to work.  Your brain responds to repetition and consistency. If you repeatedly say positive things out loud, while looking at yourself, your brain will begin to subconsciously associate you (the thing it sees) with the positive affirmations (the things it hears). Even...

When You Think of the Honey Bee, What is the First Thought That Comes to Mind?

When You Think of the Honey Bee, What is the First Thought That Comes to Mind?

On the Topic of Honey Bees and the Impact of Their Endangerment. Honey Bees are responsible for more than just the honey we eat; they’re pollinating crops and increasing yields. According to the Morris Arboretum at UPenn, “Over one third of the food we eat relies on pollination by bees, either directly or indirectly. Many fruits, nuts, and vegetables require pollination by bees and other insects...

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