Monochocomatic

“Founded in 1991 as a pioneering organic brand, Green & Black’s is famous for its Classic bars, which have ‘organic’ displayed prominently on wrappers under the company’s logo. But the new Velvet Edition dark chocolate bars going on sale in UK supermarkets this month makes no claim to be organic.
The Fairtrade logo has also been ditched as the cocoa beans for the range have been sourced via a certification scheme called Cocoa Life, set up by [US food giant and owner] Mondelēz.” https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/03/green-blacks-new-uk-chocolate-bar-not-organic-fairtrade

Brown & Grey’s is so much less appetising.

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Bi-sciurus

“In areas of Ireland where pine martens are thriving, grey squirrels have almost disappeared, allowing reds to reestablish themselves.
The occurrence of [squirrel]pox-resistance within some red squirrel populations is also a reason for hope for red over grey. Last but not least is the development of an oral contraceptive for grey squirrels together with plans to bait them using Nutella.” https://theconversation.com/in-defence-of-the-grey-squirrel-britains-most-unpopular-invader-73983

A gift for Ferrero’s bushy-tailed marketers: sex and chocolate.

Nocoa

“The world is running out of chocolate. That’s because climate change and crippling poverty are driving Africa’s cocoa farmers to produce other crops. … In the next 40 years, the temperature in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, where 70% of cocoa is grown, is set to rise by 2C. That’s going to make it too hot and dry for cocoa trees.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/09/no-beer-chocolate-coffee-how-climate-change-ruin-your-weekend)

Climate Change will require serious adaptation. Cocoa plants need 20-30C, humidity and some shade. I am prepared to share my bath.

Meanwhile, though who knows for how long, fair trade and organic chocolate is available from Ethical Superstore.

Shady Meals

“You may want to consider whether those coffee or cocoa beans were grown in the shade or open sun. Choosing the shade grown variety can offer huge benefits to tropical birds, their ecosystems and farmers.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0521-buelna-shade-coffee-birds.html)

Look out for coffee and chocolate products sporting the new Shadetrade symbol.