sit down. this will blow your mind.
cacao as you know it is bad. no other commodity shows the absurdity of our post-colonial world better than cacao. cacao trade is built on slavery & exploitation. monoculture plantations deplete the indigenous rain forest soils of all nutrients. one strain of boring, flavour- & aroma-less "bulk cacao" makes up for 95% of the world's cacao production. cacao is being burnt, heavily processed in the food industry & comes to the end consumer completely anonymous without any ties to the people who grow the agricultural resource. instead of appreciating the healthy bitterness of the fruit, cacao is being cut with sugar & excess cocoa butter to create "frankenstein chocolate".