THE UGLY TRUTH
- Satellites and lasers show deforestation doubles chocolate’s carbon footprint.
- Cadbury estimates that 169g (6 ounces) of carbon dioxide equivalent is emitted into the atmosphere for each 49g (1.7 ounce) Dairy Milk chocolate bar.
- The world’s biggest producer of cocoa, the Côte d’Ivoire, lost 85% of its forests between 1990 and 2015 due to the global demand for chocolate.
- 40% of Ivorian cocoa is sourced from illegal cocoa plantations inside protected areas. This means that 17% of the world’s yearly cocoa output is from protected areas.
- Ivorian farmers make $0.50 a day (the dire poverty qualification is $1.25/day).
- 5 of surveyed Ivory Coast protected areas have lost ½ of their primate species. Another 13 are completely devoid of primates. The Miss Waldron’s red colobus monkey is thought to now be extinct.
- Palm oil: Farming of oil palm trees was responsible for 8% of the world’s deforestation between 1990- 2008 as forests were burned to clear areas where people can grow oil palms, used in half of the products we buy in supermarkets.
- Orangutans have lost approximately 80% of their habitat due to deforestation and intentional forest fires in the last two decades. Native to rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia, which are being cut down rapidly for palm oil, two species are now Critically Endangered.
- A 2007 assessment by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) predicts that orangutans will be virtually eliminated in the wild within two decades if current deforestation trends continue.