Rainforest EXPLORER: News & Notes
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Cacao plantation ramping up forest clearing in Peru

Cacao plantation ramping up forest clearing in Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Deforestation continues as United Cacao aims to build the world’s largest cacao plantation.
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Can Peru stop ‘ethical chocolate’ from destroying the Amazon?

Can Peru stop ‘ethical chocolate’ from destroying the Amazon? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
NGOs allege illegal deforestation of primary rainforest to plant cacao and oil palm
Cattle-ranching, logging, mining, highways, hydroelectric dam projects, oil and gas, soy, oil palm. . .
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Sadly this is happening right near our study sites

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Company chops down rainforest to produce 'sustainable' chocolate

Company chops down rainforest to produce 'sustainable' chocolate | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Aiming to be the world’s largest purveyor of sustainable cacao, a company is developing a plantation in the Amazon that scientists say comes at the expense of primary forest.
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A Botanist's Guide to Chocolate on Valentine's Day

A Botanist's Guide to Chocolate on Valentine's Day | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
For communities in Caquetá, Colombia, growing cacao beans--the main component of chocolate--is one of the few income-generating uses of forest land that does not damage the environment or support illicit industries....
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Chocolate, Rainforest Alliance, and Sustainability

Chocolate, Rainforest Alliance, and Sustainability | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The average American eats about 12 pounds of chocolate per year. I am pretty sure I mentioned that I love chocolate before... dark chocolate to be specific but that is not the "greenest" thing I co...
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Can shade-grown cocoa help conserve sloths?

Can shade-grown cocoa help conserve sloths? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Tropical forests support the greatest diversity of species in the world, yet we are rapidly destroying them. Most deforestation in the tropics is due to agricultural development and livestock production, the two greatest causes of declines in terrestrial biodiversity. However, one strategy that has been gaining attention for its potential to preserve biodiversity is shade-grown agriculture.
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Wharton MBA opens chocolate factory to save the rainforest

Wharton MBA opens chocolate factory to save the rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
not-for-profit nor for-profit, but rather “for purpose.”
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Averting Chocageddon

Averting Chocageddon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
If there's one person standing between the world and a potential, devastating lack of chocolate, it's this man.
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Bitter or sweet? The ethics of your chocolate snack - Channel 4 News

Bitter or sweet? The ethics of your chocolate snack - Channel 4 News | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
It's "chocolate week", that annual celebration of all things indulgent and sweet. But has chocolate finally overcome its darker history - from child trafficking to crop-ravaged land?
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Happy Chocolate Week!  If you plan on celebrating "Sweetest Day" on Oct. 19th, make sure your Chocolate choice is a good one! 

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