Ivory Coast Law Could See Chocolate Industry ‘Wipe Out’ Protected Forests

The Ivory Coast’s dwindling rainforests could be “wiped out” under a new law that will see legal protections removed from thousands of square miles of classified forest and unprecedented power handed to industrial chocolate manufacturers. Civil society groups, environmental campaigners and workers’ cooperatives have warned that the new forestry code, …

Forest-Friendly Chocolate

Sougue Kadjatou is a 45-year-old farmer who lives with her husband and two children in Agboville, a village in Côte d’Ivoire. Her cocoa plantation, where she works every day from morning until early afternoon, is a 40-minute walk from the village. “I’m glad they told me to plant banana and …

Toblerone, Cadbury and Milka to Go Sustainable

The maker of Toblerone, Cadbury and Milka has committed to switching to 100% sustainable cocoa. Mondelez International currently sources around 43% of the cocoa through its Cocoa Life programme, which promotes sustainable farming practices, aims to tackle deforestation and provides educational and financial support to farmers. It has now promised …

A Shortage of Beer and Fries? Climate Change Hits Europe Where It Hurts

Climate change has fueled raging wildfires around the world, bleached coral reefs and intensified hurricanes—and now it’s coming for Europe’s fries. A hot and dry summer has caused low potato yields in Belgium and across Europe, resulting in sad, stubby fries or “frites”—up to an entire inch shorter than the …

Chocolates May Not Be the Greenest Way to Show Love

A box of chocolates may not be the most environmentally friendly way to show your love this Valentine’s Day, a report published today claims. The cocoa in chocolate products is probably driving deforestation across the globe, according to new research by the environmental campaigning organisation Mighty Earth. Following an investigation …