Your Choice of Chocolate Matters

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There is also an issue with the actual beans. The government promoted the use of a hybrid bean that gave greater yields; the CNN51 plant was designed for lots of sun (and no shade) and the use of agricultural chemicals. Unfortunately the cacao that results is of lower quality and gets a lower price in the market. As prices declined, farmers had little choice to just plant more of it.

Credit: Lloyd Alter