31 May '18, 4pm

Chocolate that benefits local farmers and the environment? Sweet!

Chocolate that benefits local farmers and the environment? Sweet!

Is deforestation-free chocolate a myth? Across many parts of the world there has been a lack of investment in sustainable cocoa. This not only perpetuates high levels of poverty, but it also drives tropical forest loss, as farmers slash-and-burn new areas for planting more cocoa to support themselves. This, along with the development of sun-tolerant cocoa hybrids – which allow for more intensive, full-sun plantations – has driven significant tropical forest clearance in the main West African cocoa-growing countries of an estimated 2.3 million hectares between 1988 and 2007. And the ultimate driver for this is our love of chocolate.

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