Cocoa Farmers Has Never Tasted Chocolate

Submitted by: Tiredofnicks 1 year ago in

This blew my mind, farmers growing something they haven"t got a clue what it"s used for,
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Male 14,835
"That`s why white people are so healthy"
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Male 15,832
[quote]This is like saying a coffee grower has never tasted a Latte macchiato.[/quote]
It`s more like saying a wheat farmer has never tasted bread.
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Male 1,253
Happy post is happy.
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Male 1,060
They`re not tasting chocolate per se, they`re tasting a finished product that contains cocoa, there`s a big difference between a Kit Kat and a Three Musketeers bar.
This is like saying a coffee grower has never tasted a Latte macchiato.
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Male 15,832
[quote]Some men just want to watch the world burn...[/quote]
...while others take the opportunity to grill cheezburgers!
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Male 140
Despite the disparities that it brings to your attention, you can`t help but enjoy the farmers` reactions.
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Male 5,617
"Can they has cheezburger"
Some men just want to watch the world burn...
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Male 7,031

Interesting post.
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Male 15,832
Can they has cheezburger?
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Male 5,617
It`s not too weird. I`ve worked with people who spent years working in a plant, assembling parts and have no idea where the assembly is mounted on a car.

The farmers` lifestyle probably doesn`t include buying many prepackaged/processed foods from a market.
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Male 1,421
I would really love to go and teach those farmers how to make chocolate.... Just to mess with the companies that keep them in economic stranglehold with the deliberate lack of knowledge.

Just compare how different things are here: manufacturers educate the farmers out of their own pockets, both sides make adjustments to process, discuss, negotiate. In Africa, chocolate manufacturers buy raw products that they can justifiably say that it`s just about good enough quality and keep prices down (reject rate on that system must be just huge, they probably throw away half of all the beans).

If the farmers knew how it all works, they car adjust their methods and up the quality of the product costing companies more. But in the end, its good for the consumers as we would get better products. Cutting down on cocoa butter would do all of us good.

Could i do something to give those farmers knowledge?
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Male 1,421
It is a bit weird, one would think that for a good end product, the whole chain needs to know what it is. Specially when talking about edibles, how can the farmer know which type of bean to favor, what is important in it.

Food industry is selfcorrecting: if there is a trait that is unwanted in the end product, it is being addressed in raw material (fenotyping, changes in culture, when you reap and harvest, how you dry them etc etc.). The fact that farmer has never tasted or even seen the end product is just mind boggling, how can he know what to look for. No amount of instructions can replace thousands of eyes and hands connected to huge brains that adjust the process continually.

It isn`t even about cost of produce, it WILL not cost a lot to teach farmers how to make chocolate. But, they most likely will become BETTER than the end product currently is (direct access to best of the crop).

So we get to conclusion: This is a form of slavery!
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Male 2,586
That made me smile :) - it`s a shame when this happens, like when diamond miners do all the work and get paid pennies, I think they deserve a cut of the business - as any people in the west do when they get shares etc.
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Male 5,094
Link: Cocoa Farmers Has Never Tasted Chocolate [Rate Link] - This blew my mind, farmers growing something they haven`t got a clue what it`s used for,
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