NewEnergyNews: The Chocolate-Climate Change Connection

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    Friday, September 15, 2017

    The Chocolate-Climate Change Connection

    Is your chocolate bar fueling climate change?

    Anna Pujol-Mazzini, September 15, 2017 (Sydney Morning Herald)

    “Your afternoon chocolate bar may be fueling climate change, destroying protected forests and threatening elephants, chimpanzees and hippos in West Africa…Well-known brands, such as Mars and Nestle, are buying through global traders cocoa that is grown illegally in dwindling national parks and reserves in Ivory Coast and Ghana…[and] every consumer of chocolate is a part of either the problem or the solution…[Mars and Nestle say] have committed to join the Cocoa and Forests Initiative, a major effort to end deforestation in the global cocoa supply chain…Almost one-third of 23 protected natural areas [visited in 2015 by researchers in Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa grower, had] been almost entirely converted to illegal cocoa plantations…Researchers said the practice is so widespread that villages of tens of thousands of people, along with churches and schools, have sprung up in national parks to support the cocoa economy…” click here for more

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