World Chocolate Day
Happy World Chocolate Day!
Today, World Chocolate Day, we celebrate this beloved treat that emerged from the jungles of Central America to dominate the confectionery world. For most people, chocolate is synonymous with indulgence, a rich treat to be relished. But for the millions of small-scale farmers producing most of the world’s cocoa, it’s a synonym for poverty.
According to recent research from Fairtrade International, the median income for a cocoa household in the Ivory Coast — the nation that produces more of the world’s cocoa than any other — is just $2,707 per year, an amount hovering close to the extreme poverty level of $2,276. The research of more than 3,000 households found that just 12 percent of those surveyed earned a living income.
If we hope for a future with chocolate, we must work so that all can benefit from chocolate — from the small-scale farmer in West Africa to the child sharing a chocolate bar with a friend.
It’s estimated that the average American eats over 9 pounds of chocolate each year; the chocolate market in the United States reached $17.6 billion in 2016. The sheer volume and continued growth has been a boon for companies around the globe, but less so for the 40 million to 50 million farmers, workers and their families who depend on cocoa for their livelihoods.
Check out the Chocolate Museum and Cafe on International Drive – just 9 miles from the Addison on Millenia!