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First taste of chocolate

"To be honest I do not know what they make of my beans," says farmer N'Da Alphonse. "I've heard they're used as flavoring in cooking, but I've never seen it. I do not even know if it's true." Watch how the Dutch respond to a cocoa bean in return or you can watch our entire episode on chocolate here.

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Mathijs Booden's curator insight, August 13, 2:28 AM

Reminds of this video of a Foxconn factory worker that sees a working iPad for the first time.

Keegan Johns's curator insight, August 27, 7:01 AM

I think it is good for them to see and taste chocolate because they work very hard to grow and harvest the beans, but don't even know what they are used for. These people deserve to know what they are helping create because they work so hard and don't get paid that much for it.



Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, September 10, 11:39 AM

Sad how the people who do the hard work so often enjoy the fruit of their labour.

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Nicaragua unveils major canal route

Nicaragua unveils major canal route | Research Capacity-Building in Africa |

"The Nicaraguan government and the company behind plans to build a canal linking the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean have settled on a route."

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Richard Lloyd Thomas's curator insight, July 29, 4:55 AM

Now, who will pay for it?

Dave Cottrell's comment, July 31, 11:37 AM
You can be sure this will accommodate ships much larger than what the Panama Canal will accommodate.
Michael Mazo's curator insight, September 10, 12:03 PM

Offering a new travel route through Nicaragua will increase the supply of products and goods to most areas in the vicinity. This in turn will lead to faster transport of goods, which in this economy is a highly valuable asset. On the flip side, Nicaragua will have to spend millions of dollars to finish this project. This money could very well be used to feed the poverty in the surrounding area. In addition, the construction of this canal will lead to loss of major vegetation and maybe even extinction of some greatly prized organisms. But I guess it's business as usual.