It might be surprising that the Sanskrit name Utkatasana is sometimes translated as Fierce Seat or Powerful Pose. The asana looks ... (continued)
Nicole S. Urdang
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There are many posts on fair trade and organic bars.
70% and more cacao content has been deemed as a health food by the American Dietetic Association, right up there with Red wine. Just aim for Dark Chocolate in it's PUREST form, without Soy lecithin subbed for cocoa butter, and made from Cacao farms where fair trade acts are rigorously insured. Try THEO Chocolate, The U.S.'s first and only ALL organic and fair trade chocolate made in Seattle, often with local ingredients available.
For pastry chefs out there, Callebaut does cary and organic, and organic fair-trade line of chocolate which is certified all the way down to the sugar and milk they use, google them to find out more
Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolate is great for wildlife, the environment and for workers on the farm. There's some available at Whole Foods stores that is excellent.
Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden, A Backyard Guide to Permaculture, is working with a farmers' cooperative in Belize to process the chocolate there. They used to sell to Green and Black, but that company was sold to a company that was not as careful, and the farmers decided it was better to process it there than to send it to Europe where it would then be re-shipped around the world. Native growers deserve more of the profit. I hope we will increasingly see this happening.
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There are lots of fairtrade, organic chocolates out there now- even at the big grocers. There is a cost difference, but we are so used to cheap foods, that we often look at things at a fair price as expensive.
What about RAW chocolate? Buying cacao nibs and making your own raw chocolate is super yummy! There is an added health bonus that you get all the vitamins/minerals from the cacao without the heating and processing destroying/reducing them in the final product.
Yes, these products are almost prohibitively expensive now, but as we increasingly demand and buy them, the price will come down and they will be more widely available!