Cacao is the essential ingredient in chocolate. It has an incredible history, with great importance to many cultures, and it continues to be important to today’s global economy.
As you eat your organic chocolate, know that you are not only eating something delicious that can be good for you. You are also helping families around the globe.
Sustainable Cocoa Farming
Cocoa is essential to the livelihoods of over 40 million people worldwide. Many of them are small-holder cocoa farmers, growing this valuable crop on small plots of land.
Today, most of the world’s cocoa is grown in West Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Small family farms rely on cocoa for their income.
These areas, particularly West Africa, face sustainability challenges that need to be addressed by suppliers who are align themselves with industry peers to help improve cocoa farmer’s livelihoods and overall yields.
Sustainable cocoa farming means meeting present needs of production without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This is a huge challenge to many of the world’s small cocoa farmers as they are often fighting to survive.
Buying chocolate that is fairly traded, and organic certified is an easy way to help. You may pay a little more but you get a higher quality and better tasting product. The organic certification means that no genetically modifications are present (no GMOs), and no dangerous chemical pesticides are used. Fairly traded cacao means that the families and communities that grow this delicious product are a fair part of the business that brings you your chocolate.
Growing Demand for Chocolate
It is estimated that there are more than 5 million cacao farmers in the world. In the United States, there are approximately 68,000 jobs that are directly involved in the manufacture of chocolate products. In Europe, more than 245,000 people work in the industry.
As demand for chocolate grows from consumers in the Pacific Rim, European, and United States markets, so do the challenges facing the growers, suppliers, and retailers.
A growing demand for sustainable cocoa production is helping to develop cultivation methods that are sustainable. Diversified growing conditions attempt to restore growing regions to ecological health.
Our products are natural and organic. We recognize the importance of respect for the environment. We offer products that use agricultural and handling practices that are both sustainable and organic.
Focused on health, we work hard to bring you the healthiest cacao products that do not use natural sweeteners or artificial flavorings.
Our mission is to bring you natural products that are simple and delicious and full of healthy, high-quality, organic cacao.