Chocolate: Saving the Rain Forests, one Community at a Time


It's been two years since Chris Bright and Radhika Sarin outlined how cacao cultivation could help preserve endangered rain forests in Venture Capitalism for a Tropical Forest. In that time, the gourmet chocolate market has continued to mushroom. If this World Bank-financed organic cacao and biodiversity project, created and implemented by Costa Rica's Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center, is any indication, high cacao demand could indeed bode well for tropical ecosystems. Especially exciting is the carbon dioxide environmental-service payments aspect of the program, which compensates cacao cultivators for keeping forests in tact. Definitely an article to check out. :: Costa Rica: Biodiversity project changing lives, landscapes, via The New Mexican