With Halloween behind us and the holidays upon us, chocolate is a treat that is always in demand. A culinary delicacy that originates from the tiny cocoa bean that grows in Indonesia, Ghana, Nigeria and Brazil (among other countries), it is one of the most consumed products in America. According to http://www.tiptoptens.com, the annual consumption of cocoa beans averages around 600,000 tons per year, and is growing.
One trend in the chocolate industry that is part of the green movement is the development and consumption of organic and fair trade chocolate.
Chocolate suppliers all over the world are rising to the challenge of going green, supporting fair trade and using organic ingredients to ensure that their chocolate is not only Earth-friendly, but is also vegan, kosher, gluten-free and dairy-free. When you buy fair trade chocolate, you are helping the cocoa farmers who produced the raw ingredients to get a higher price for their goods and thus develop a sustainable framework for continued production. Find organic and fair trade chocolate suppliers here.
You might ask, "Why go organic with chocolate?" For many of the same reasons you might choose organic over in other types of food. You support fair trade in places such as South Africa where cocoa beans are grown. You avoid additives or chemicals in your chocolate. Organic cacao is typically cultivated on small plots under existing forest canopy, which preserves valuable habitat for birds (particularly migratory songbirds) and other wildlife. Biodiversity is much higher on organic cacao plots versus conventional plantations.
Do a little research the next time you have a chocolate craving, and satisfy your sweet tooth with something that is good for you and gentle on Mother Earth - organic and fair trade chocolate.
The Daily Green