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Venezuela's organic chocolate revolution

In a story entitled "Venezuela's Chocolate Revolution," the BBC reports the revival of the cocoa industry by organic farmers in a country recently known more for its oil and leftist politics. Organic farmers get almost four times as much for their cocoa than do conventional farmers who grow non-organic cocoa. Chocolate makers in Europe and the USA buy organic cocoa for prestigious, high-priced "single bean" chocolate analogous to single malt whiskies. To add to their profits, Venezuelan organic farmers have begun making their own chocolate from their beans.

For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on August 13, 2006 at 12:21 PM in Chocolate, Cocoa, Venezuela | Permalink