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Chocolate to Save the Rainforest

The cacao plant, Theobroma cacao, is native to the jungles of tropical America. It grows in a friendly, non-evasive way with other trees. Cacao trees can be planted together with native trees in deforested areas recreating a new analogous forest and biological corridors. If the plants are well managed, cacao can also prevent further deforestation by bringing much needed income to families who care about their environment.

Settlers are now able to be encouraged to stop logging trees from the jungle to make money. Instead of logging or selling off their valuable land to plantation owners who clear cut the rainforest to grow monocutures such as the African Palm, now they have an alternative. With plants and training they receive from volunteers at Itapoa Reserve, they now earn a good source of income from the cacao they can harvest. Itapoa Reserve also pays settlers 20% more than fair trade companies for their cacao as long as they continue to plant more native trees and stop cutting jungle trees. This is a very valuable incentive for them to preserve the rainforest and retain their lands which keeps their families and communities intact.

Learn first hand about making chocolate by becoming a volunteer at the reserve or joining us on one of our rainforest tours. You can also buy 100% natural chocolate and coffee at the "Hosteria ITAPOA", Malecon Julio Izurieta y Calle Abdon Calderon, Puerto Lopez, Manabi- Ecuador. All proceeds from their sale go directly towards supporting the conservation and reforestation of the rainforest jungle.

Easy to grow, easy and fun to harvest, easy to dry, easy to roast, easy to peel, easy to grind, and easy easy to make - CHOCOLATE TO SAVE THE RAIN FOREST

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