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"The chocolate treats you buy at the store could have dark implications for farmers/ecosystems" via @care2 @ #Halloween

"The chocolate treats you buy at the store could have dark implications for farmers/ecosystems" via @care2 @ #Halloween

Chocolate is on the minds (and in the tummies) of many around Halloween. This time of year offers a great opportunity to think about and look deeper into how chocolate is grown and produced. It’s not a delicious truth to digest, but the typical chocolate treats you buy at the store could very well have dark implications for farmers and ecosystems around the world. Most of the world’s cocoa beans are grown in West Africa, Southeast Asia, Brazil and Ecuador. Cocoa is currently farmed on about 18 million acres of tropical land worldwide. Cocoa plants thrive when shade-grown under a tree canopy, but many impoverished farmers clear-cut forest areas to create farmland in order to up production. This destroys ecosystems and wildlife habitats. Furthermore, according to the Rainforest Alliance, “this approach has short-term benefits on yields but is suitable only for hybrid plants ...

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