Eating Chocolate causes Climate Change

However, if you drive to the supermarket in your Electric Vehicle to buy the chocolate you are ethically carbon neutral, so no need to confess to your therapist about the guilt trip.

[…] LONDON, Sept 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Your afternoon chocolate bar may be fueling climate change, destroying protected forests and threatening elephants, chimpanzees and hippos in West Africa, research suggests.

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, environmental group Mighty Earth said.

“Every consumer of chocolate is a part of either the problem or the solution,” Etelle Higonnet, campaign director at Mighty Earth, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“You can choose to buy ethical chocolate. Or you’re voting with your dollar for deforestation.”  …

[…] Almost one-third of 23 protected natural areas in Ivory Coast that researchers visited in 2015 had been almost entirely converted to illegal cocoa plantations, the report said

Hmmm … “deforested” and “converted to plantations”.  A tree is a tree is a tree and they all consume CO2.

[…] 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

So people are making communities and generating income, educating their children etc instead of joining the refugee flood or growing drugs.  And I am supposed to feel guilty every time I eat my Whittakers “Dark Ghana”?  Yeah, Nah!

[…] Ivory Coast, Francophone West Africa’s biggest economy, is the world’s top cocoa grower.

While the bulk of its 1 million cocoa farmers ply their trade legally, Washington-based Mighty Earth estimates about a third of cocoa is grown illegally in protected areas.

Deforestation for cocoa happens in sight of authorities and chocolate traders are aware of it, they said.

Loss of natural forests is problematic because they act as a home for the region’s wildlife, and a key weapon against climate change, absorbing carbon dioxide – a major driver of climate change – as they grow

And cocoa plants somehow grow without absorbing carbon dioxide?

photo-CNN Ghana cocoa tree: getty images

[…] Available land for new cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast ran out long ago, so farmers have moved into parks and reserves, taking advantage of a decade of political crisis that ended in 2011.

Ivory Coast’s now has about 2.5 million hectares (6 million acres) of natural forest, a fifth of what it had at independence in 1960, according to European Union figures. Most of the losses have been due to expanding agriculture.

The government has struggled to evict farmers from forest reserves amid accusations in 2013 of human rights abuses by security forces…

-huffingtonpost

A corrupt, inept, human-rights-abusing Government is not to blame, it is the poor farmers seeking to feed their families and, naturally, all you rich folk in the West who eat the chocolate.  For shame!

 


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