Chocolate saves the world

by Gene on Nov. 27th, 2007

(If scientists don’t blow it up first.)

Farmers in Brazil have traditionally cut down large swaths of rain forest to plant cacao trees – the source of chocolate. But these high-yield plantations ravaged the rain forest, depleted the land, and suffered numerous outbreaks of disease. A new method of planting, called cabruca, plants cacao trees right inside the rain forest itself. Only a few rain forest tress are cut down – the forest itself remains intact. The forest nourishes the cacao trees and protects them from plantation diseases. And while the amount of chocolate grown in this manner is smaller than can be grown on a plantation, the farmers can make up the difference by charging a higher price for “environmentally friendly chocolate.”

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TheVampirePrince says:

We cannot trust the chocolate. Once it getts its delcisous fingers into the governments of the world, humanity will be thrown into never ending darkness and weasles

posted on Thu, 02/10/2011 - 8:05am

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