Blommer Chocolate Company sells cocoa to chocolatiers to make their products. This news article informed your Chocolate Priestess yesterday that they are introducing a new line of products with the environment and sustainable agriculture in mind.
Why is this important for us in The Chocolate Cult? For three reasons really which are inter-related. First Blommer is the biggest supplier of cocoa and chocolate in North America so it's policies both reflect trends and can influence them as well. Second, consumers are often told that in order to protect the environment and jobs we have to be willing to pay a little more so expect prices to go up. Third, if you want to know where your chocolatier gets her supplies you can now ask them if they are using the Blommer line of sustainable products or not and thus make a more informed choice.
As I've said repeatedly, Sisters and Brothers, and I'll keep saying here, if we don't protect the land cocoa is produced on we will see lower quality cocoa and chocolate and much higher prices as it becomes more difficult for the plants to grow. But there is more to the issue that merely land, taste, and cost. Sustainable agriculture also means that future generations of farmers can continue to earn a living. In turn those farmers will then have money to spend on other products getting other people employed.
So you see, thinking about what your chocolate comes from is an excellent way to not only protect yourself but the planet and other human beings as well.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.
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