The Event Is Coming Soon – HOW YOUR FAVOURITE CHOCOLATE BARS ARE CONTRIBUTING TO ILLEGAL DEFORESTATION
Our love for chocolate is undeniably high, meaning that the demand for cocoa beans is continuously increasing. Chocolate companies make a lot of money off this industry — an estimated 0 billion annually to be precise — and this number is only expected to rise.
Trust me, I get it. I’ll be the first to admit that I love chocolate and eat it regularly. But, our obsession with this bitter yet sweet treat comes at a cost, one that’s far more detrimental than you may think. Our love affair with chocolate is seriously damaging the environment, contributing to deforestation and endangering species along the way.
A new report produced by non-profit Mighty Earth revealed just how damaging the cocoa industry can be for the environment, breaking the chocolate industry wide open by exposing how these companies are illegally clearing protected land.
How the Chocolate Industry Is Causing Deforestation
The report, titled “Chocolate’s Dark Secret,” detailed just how much the cocoa industry threatens both the environment and wildlife. The report was based off investigations conducted in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Cost) and Ghana, which together represent 60% of the world’s cocoa production.