COCOA FARM & DEFORESTATION
Like the Rainforest Foundation, we believe that to combat deforestation we must work with, not against, the communities who populate and farm these areas.
It is commonly believed amongst cocoa farmers that deforested soil yields more cocoa. With such low incomes of $0.50 a day, the trade off for cocoa farmers is crucial. The money from deforesting a protected area would allow an additional child to receive an education. In light of this, cocoa farmers are compelled to engage in deforestation to achieve higher cocoa yields, and more money.
However, many do not realise that cutting down rainforests will ultimately result in less rainfall and therefore worse crops. What's more, not only does farming of protected areas contribute to deforestation, but the increase in cocoa yields drives down prices, and actually decreases the farmers share of profits. It's a vicious cycle, and big corporations are failing to act.
That’s why we take great care in sourcing our chocolate bars, working with a supplier who guarantees to cocoa farmers a higher than market price. They work with farmers to improve the way they harvest their crop, from ensuring trees are replanted, to monitoring the way the beans are fermented. We source from small, family run businesses in the Dominican Republic and Ecuador, where sustainability is at the heart of the process, and the farming is done in an organic way where the work extends post-harvest to renovate plantations and replant trees.
FREE FROM PALM OIL
Our products are also free-from palm oil, the farming of which has caused 8% of the world’s deforestation. The palm oil industry has also contributed to air pollution caused by intentional forest fires, and exacerbated problems of child labour and human rights abuses on large plantations.