Organic Chocolate can help save the rainforest

1. Organic Chocolate on Valentine's Day can Woo your Love and Save the Rainforest
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Washington, D.C.—Give organic chocolate to someone this Valentine's Day and you could help save Brazil's endangered Atlantic Rainforest.

The cocoa plant, which thrives below the forest canopy could revitalize a faltering industry, create new livelihood opportunities for many of Brazil's poor, and ultimately preserve one of the world's most threatened areas, writes Worldwatch Institute senior researcher Chris Bright In "Chocolate Could Bring the Forest Back ."

" Cocoa is a rainforest crop," says Bright. "If we can create an environmentally-friendly form of production, it will make economic sense to preserve existing fragments of the Atlantic Rainforest, and even restore the forest where it already has vanished."

" If Brazilian cocoa growers move toward organic cocoa farming they could increase their profits, create jobs, and improve their competitive edge and the consumer appeal of their nation's cocoa."

2. History of Chocolate Time Line
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Who discovered chocolate? When did it move from being a treat for nobility to a craving of the commons? Who produced the first chocolate bar? These answers and more can be found in the timeline, "A Cacao Chronology: Critical Moments in the Relationship Between Theobroma cacao and Homo sapiens" from the November/December 2001 edition of World Watch Magazine.

3. Cocoa Production Trends and Statistics

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**The average northern European eats 8.5 kilograms of chocolate each year—more than the average African eats in a lifetime.

**Production of chocolate over the past 100 years has grown 24-fold now that the tempting treat is a staple rather than a luxury item in wealthy countries.

These statistics and more are presented in the article, "Cocoa Production Jumps" from the book Vital Signs 2002.