In a nutshell: Certifications (organic, fair trade, ...) are often not as good as you think. Especially in countries like Trinidad, where we get most of our cacao from, certifications can be bought with bribery. What's the certificate worth then?
This article by the Guardian wraps up many of the issues we face regarding organic & fair trade certifications.
We're currently working on a scientific wrap-up for this page. So much can be said: our idea is to create a transparent alternative to certifications through social media & direct contact to manufacturers & farmers on the ground.
bear with us & sip some chocolate in the meantime :)