Firefox’s built in Pocket integration brings, usually, interesting long read stories that I might care about. Recently it has been bringing stories that are food related, and interesting. I particuarly enjoyed Andrew Fiouzi’s article The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of MSG. Alex Beggs writing for Bon Appetit’s basically is worth your read: What is Chocolate? Don’t Go Through the Rest of Your Life Not Knowing. It is a simple piece that explains the differences, without going into any real detail, between the different styles of chocolate, different ways that chocolate melts, and different forms that it comes in. It also includes a recipe for making truffles, which requires two ingredients: bittersweet chocolate and heavy cream.
Way down at the bottom is something that I’m happy is included - but wish it was a bit higher up. She points out that the chocolate industry is filled with slaves, specifically child slaves. She links to Slave Free Chocolate, which is an organization that works towards ending slavery in chocolate production, but also holds an index of chocolate producers that are free trade and ethically sourced. From the front page of Slave Free Chocolate:
Candy companies–including but not limited to Nestlé, Hershey, Cargill, ADM, and Barry Callebout–have admitted accountability and promised to remedy this situation. Sadly, 17 years has passed since this agreement and little has changed.
Nestlé is rife with business practices that are abhorrent. That includes right here in the US of A. Jessica Glenza writing for The Guardian: Nestlé pays $200 a year to bottle water near Flint – where water is undrinkable. Some might have blamed the Flint or Michigan government for not providing safe drinking water to its own residents, and Nestlé having a legal permit a hundred miles away to pump clean water out of the ground for its own profit are two entirely different things, but - whichever entity is at fault, it’s a bad look, and was particularly bad for the people of Flint. The good news for Flint is that their water is now fine, but nobody has gone to jail over poisoning and lying to the community, and they’ll probably have a generation that suffers from long term developmental issues.
I was unaware of the existence of the Slave Free Chocolate directory and will be using it. Despite a decent amount of looking online, I’ve been unable to find the same thing in regards to avocados, which I enjoy, but apparently getting an ethically sourced avocado is impossible.
- Kate Linthicum for the LA Times: Inside the bloody cartel war for Mexico’s multibillion-dollar avocado industry
- Kate Wheeling for the Pacific Standard: Can Avocado Fans Have Their Fruit and Eat It Too?
- Ethical Unicorn: How Sustainable/Ethical Is Eating Avocado?