Do you LOVE chocolate??? There is nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a rich chocolate bar or lingering over a sweet chocolate dessert after a long, stressful day.
Did you know real, organic jungle grown chocolate (cacao) is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world? In fact, the Aztecs called this mineral-rich, cardio-protective food, “The Food of the Gods,” due to its high levels of magnesium and other health-promoting properties.
But did you also know there is a plan – funded by multi-national corporations – to completely destroy this ancient crop and they are doing it right under our noses?
They are destroying tens of thousands of acres of pristine jungle-cacao each year to make room for a cheaper alternative, their man-made hybridized version of cacao called CCN-51. This is a highly profitable, bland variation of natural cacao with almost no nutritional value.
These heirloom cacao plants are being threatened with extinction as the jungles in Ecuador are being destroyed.
How Are They Doing This?
First step: The corporations find beautiful jungles where cacao is naturally growing and cut down all the trees.
Second step: They repeatedly spray the land with toxic chemicals until everything on the land is DEAD. No insects, no birds, and no animals can inhabit the land anymore.
Third step: They let the land “settle” until all the toxic chemicals have sunk into the ground, making the environment chemically suitable for their “man-made” cacao hybrid called CCN-51 to be planted.
This has happened to THOUSANDS of acres of jungles around the world, including Africa, Bali, Honduras, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, and now Ecuador (the cradle of TRUE cacao) and NOBODY is doing or saying anything to stop it!
Unfortunately, it gets worse…
As if that’s not bad enough, they can also legally call chocolate products made from the CCN-51 “organic” because of a hidden loophole. They aren’t spraying the outside of the plants with chemicals, but the bushes are growing in soil poisoned with toxic chemicals!
As the chocolate plants grow, they are drawing up horrific chemicals including:
Glifonox®: Toxic weed killer – a version of Roundup®.
Thionate® 35 EC: Toxic insecticide.
Hydrogen Dioxide: Oxidizing chemical that is poisonous to most living organisms.
Thalonex®: Toxic fungicide.
Why is this happening?
Reason #1: Greed
Chocolate is an $83 BILLION a year business and greedy corporations are willing to trim costs and increase profits no matter what the impact on the environment.
The problem is it can take 15-25 years for a jungle grown cacao tree to mature to its full height of 20-45 feet to produce its delicious fruit… and 25 years is too long for impatient corporations to wait to turn a profit.
Cheap CCN-51 cacao “bushes” donʼt take much time to grow. Once the soil has been denatured and destroyed, the CCN-51 bushes reach full maturity at 5-7 feet in only a few years.
Over the past seven years, the market has been flooded with cheap, hybridized cacao products, as more and more small organic farmers have been forced out of business. The jungles in Ecuador are being destroyed more rapidly each year and it’s critical that we do everything we can to stop the destruction NOW.
Reason #2: Ignorance
Because CCN-51 land has been so heavily sprayed with chemicals, the land is void of animals, insects, and bugs so there is no threat of the crop being eaten. The bushes are small, and donʼt take much cultivation, which saves on labor costs and time. This makes the product easier and cheaper to grow and harvest. In the eyes of the corporations, this is a huge win.
But once a jungle has been destroyed and heavily sprayed, there is no way to “fix” the damage, and the cacao plants are growing in land that has been poisoned with toxic chemicals.
This is terrible news not just for the environment, but also for the people consuming the products made from this chocolate. The long-term environmental consequences, as well as the long-term human health consequences, are catastrophic.
The bottom line: CCN51 is the worst thing to happen to the nature jungles of the world and to a truly beneficial health food.
For the past seven years, Longevity Warehouse® has worked directly to protect the jungles in Ecuador from multi-national corporations.
We partner with indigenous locals to harvest wild grown cacao throughout the Ecuadorian jungles/rainforests, helping to protect this source of ancient, jungle-grown cacao. By paying a beyond fair trade rate for the cacao to those who own the jungles, they are encouraged to keep the land intact and not sell it off to a large corporation trying to destroy it.
We are proud to offer you a source of REAL cacao that is mineral-rich and full of powerful nutrients. We vow never to compromise the quality of the cacao we sell – you can taste the feel the difference of our cacao over the CCN-51 cacao.