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To Secretary General António Guterres

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

Poverty and extreme poverty in many cases are the consequence of exploitative business models of multinational corporations that claim to be ethical and also say that they support the SDGs.

The Power of Cocoa: Preserving Peace - And An Indigenous Tribe - in Colombia

Lutheran World Relief | Posted 01.17.2017 | Impact
Lutheran World Relief

Ibeth Villafaña, left, catches raindrops with a cousin after a rainstorm under an eave near her home in Colombia. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo for Luther...

Santa Claus and the children of the coffee, tea and cocoa lands

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 12.22.2016 | Impact
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

Sharing with farmers and farm workers less than 1 cent per cup of coffee, tea and cacao is greedy. It is NOT FAIR to them. It hurts poor children! I...

Money Really Does Grow On Trees: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.09.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

They say that money does not grow on trees but ask the Incas, Aztecs and Costa Rica's Chorotega people and they'd say otherwise. Before Europeans arri...

Fairtrade and most certifications are not fair

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 10.04.2016 | Impact
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

Women and children at work sorting coffee The truth is that Fairtrade and certified coffee, chai and cacao are anything but f...

The Surprising But Beautiful Process That Makes Chocolate

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 08.09.2016 | Taste

Chocolate is the greatest gift the Earth has given us. The dessert table would be a sad sight without it. It’s so beloved, so appreciated, that the ...

Is Chocolate A Health Food?

Layne Lieberman | Posted 08.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Layne Lieberman

Who doesn't love chocolate? Chocolate is rich, creamy, sweet and complex in flavor! Just like a good bottle of wine depends on grapes and winemaking, ...

Ghana Taps Carbon Markets To Avert A Chocolate Shortage

Forest Trends | Posted 06.13.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

This story first appeared on Ecosystem Marketplace. Click here to view the original. By Tabitha Muriuki In Ghana, cocoa is king: it accounts for almo...

5 Ways to Make Cocoa More Sustainable

Laren Marra | Posted 03.26.2017 | Green
Laren Marra

Chocolate producers, cocoa buyers and local governments are all more successful if the cocoa farmer is successful, which is why increased collaboration and cooperation between groups, even competitors, is imperative.

The Healthy Dark Chocolates You Should Be Eating

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.31.2016 | Healthy Living

Thanks to the federal government’s new guidelines on added sugar, a lot of people are trying to cut back on sweets. But one dessert we’re going to...

On a Volcanic Island Nation, One Man Is Perfecting Coffee and Chocolate

Chandran Nair | Posted 03.11.2017 | World
Chandran Nair

Claudio Corallo has 40 years of experience producing coffee and chocolate in Africa, working first in Zaire (today the Democratic Republic of Congo) and since the 1990s in São Tomé and Príncipe, a tiny archipelago off the coast of Guinea in West Africa. When he started out, his greatest challenge was removing the characteristic bitterness of the variety of beans grown on his plantation. Today, he sells his dark chocolate to gourmet buyers in Europe, the United States and Japan.

Is There Child Labor In Your Chocolate?

Fair Trade USA | Posted 02.10.2017 | Taste
Fair Trade USA

The systemically low prices in cocoa have drastic consequences for farmers and their families. More than 2 million children in the Ivory Coast and Ghana are being deprived of their childhoods, either working in extremely hazardous conditions or working in lieu of going to school, so that we can get our chocolate fix.

Things I Know To Be True About Craft Chocolate & Small Business: As The Dust Settles On Mast-Gate

Shawn Askinosie | Posted 01.13.2017 | Impact
Shawn Askinosie

Much has been written in response to the Mast Brothers scandal (or what our team refers to as "Mast-gate"). Nearly every perspective, rebuttal, or defense has been shared, so much so that I debated whether to publish this post, concerned I'd be adding to the noise. But there's one perspective that's missing and it's that of a (fellow?) chocolate maker.

How the Mast Brothers' Lies Hurt Other Chocolate Makers

Simran Sethi | Posted 01.05.2017 | Taste
Simran Sethi

Through their assertions, Mast Brothers make it much harder for chocolate makers who do actual good works to flourish. And it makes it harder for us to do the work we want to do in supporting quality chocolate and makers with integrity.

Is Coffee Facing a Supply Crisis?

Lutheran World Relief | Posted 12.09.2016 | Impact
Lutheran World Relief

The bottom line is the bottom line: coming generations of coffee and cacao farmers and their families must see and receive greater value if they are to continue growing coffee.

Can We Reduce Wrinkles With Cocoa?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 12.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Cocoa is very rich in antioxidants -- flavonoids and flavonols in particular. Our skin suffers ultraviolet damage from exposure to the elements, leading to photo aging, and antioxidants can potentially mitigate those effects.

My 10 Cent Request to the 'SUPER GIRLS' of Davos

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 10.11.2016 | Impact
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

October11 was the International Day of the Girl, sadly more than a billion girls and young women had nothing to celebrate. They have not been invited to share the wealth of opportunities that all human beings deserve.

Why Cocoa Is Good for Your Heart

Ornish Living | Posted 09.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Ornish Living

It's definitely cause for celebration when modern scientific research shows that a food as indulgent and delicious as cocoa is actually good for you.

Top Down + Bottom Up = Effective in Haiti

FOMIN | Posted 08.27.2016 | World

Five years after the cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti, there are encouraging signs of economic activity. In construction, two international chains, Best Western and Marriott, have opened hotels in Port-au-Prince in the last two years.

A Story Of Chocolate And Child Labor

Eric R. Biel | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Eric R. Biel

Addressing child labor is critical for responding to these wider challenges. And reducing child labor in supply chains is integral to the long-term sustainability of cocoa production.

Your Easter Basket Has More Power Than You Think

Fair Trade USA | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday behind only Halloween. That's a lot of chocolate going into Easter baskets across the country, and it's a huge opportunity for consumers to make a difference in farmers' lives.

The Right Kind Of Cocoa Powder To Use For All Of Your Chocolate Recipes

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 02.10.2015 | Taste

Only have one kind of cocoa powder in your pantry? Here's what to bake.

Chocolate Companies Warn Of Looming Global Shortage

CNBC | Javier E. David | Posted 11.20.2014 | Business

Bad news: chocolate, the delicacy of choice for children, chocoholics and depressives everywhere, has become increasingly expensive. Now comes even...

5 Documentation Resources for iOS Developers

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 12.30.2014 | Home
Alex Ivanovs

The new version of the mobile operating system iOS is already in full swing. I think this was probably the most emotional launch of a product that App...

What's The Deal With Cocoa Butter?

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 10.24.2014 | Taste

You eat it and you rub it on your body, so what the hell is going on here?