Can eating good chocolate be good for the environment?

At Seven Spoons we’re passionate about the role that the private sector and restaurants in particular, can play in supporting products that are good for the environment and good for local people. We have a special affinity for products that support forests and the sustainable management of landscapes. One example of a product that can be incorporated within a forest landscape, add value and provide income to local farmers is chocolate. Cacao is an under-storey dwelling tree crop that can grow under the canopy of existing forest cover. It offers potential to be incorporated into efforts at rehabilitating landscapes through an agroforestry (blending trees and agricultural production) approach. This is good news. There is currently strong momentum around expanding forest area as part of meeting climate change mitigation and broader sustainability goals (ie. Forests are a carbon sink and to…

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