CHOCOLATE: ARE WE SACRIFICING BIODIVERSITY FOR PLEASURE?
Topic 2: 2020/2021
The Guinean rainforests, spanning several countries in west Africa, is a biodiversity hotspot and has the greatest diversity of primates in the world – it is home to 60 species and sub-species, 46 of which are endemic (found nowhere else on Earth).
Between 2001 and 2014, it is estimated that Ghana lost 7,000km2 of forest, or about 10% of its entire tree cover. Approximately one-quarter of that deforestation was connected to the chocolate industry. In Côte d’Ivoire, it is estimated that 57% of land cultivated for cocoa outside certified sources originates from primary forest*.
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GREAT DEBATE PANEL DISCUSSION AND WORKSHOP EVENT
On June 23rd 2021, Born Free was joined by some very special guests for a 60 minute panel discussion looking at how our actions can have global consequences and how we can each make more sustainable choices.
- Etelle Higonnet, National Wildlife Federation (USA)
- Tina Vogt, ELRECO (Elephant Research and Conservation)
- Sarah Payne, Cocoa Loco (Organic, Fairtrade and Homemade Chocolate)
- Ian Redmond OBE, Born Free
Hosted by Will Travers OBE, Born Free
Watch renowned conservationist Ian Redmond OBE introduce this important topic…
WHAT DOES BORN FREE’S GREAT DEBATE DELIVER?
- An opportunity for students to learn about the issues surrounding chocolate production, including social and environmental sustainability, the impact on people and human-wildlife conflict.
- Case studies that represent a number of stakeholders in this discussion, including:
- An opportunity to extend the programme to look into cocoa certification schemes and the role the consumer can play in ensuring, or demanding, industry sustainability.
*References: Chocolate’s Dark Secret (Mighty Earth 2018); The True Price of Cocoa from Ivory Coast (True Price 2018)