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Date: 08/02/15 06:15 AM

14 Responses to Cocoa Farmers Has Never Tasted Chocolate

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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
    5097 posts
    July 31, 2014 at 6:59 am
    Link: Cocoa Farmers Has Never Tasted Chocolate - This blew my mind, farmers growing something they haven`t got a clue what it`s used for,
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    beternal Male 18-29
    2589 posts
    August 2, 2014 at 7:10 am
    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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    CreamK Male 40-49
    1423 posts
    August 2, 2014 at 8:23 am
    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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    CreamK Male 40-49
    1423 posts
    August 2, 2014 at 8:31 am
    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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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
    5611 posts
    August 2, 2014 at 9:03 am
    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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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    August 2, 2014 at 9:50 am
    Can they has cheezburger?
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    August 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Interesting post.
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
    5611 posts
    August 2, 2014 at 11:30 am
    "Can they has cheezburger"
    Some men just want to watch the world burn...
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    Limiteded Male 30-39
    133 posts
    August 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm
    Despite the disparities that it brings to your attention, you can`t help but enjoy the farmers` reactions.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    August 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm
    Some men just want to watch the world burn...
    ...while others take the opportunity to grill cheezburgers!
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    Zismo Male 18-29
    1054 posts
    August 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm
    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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    ArgusTuft Male 50-59
    1215 posts
    August 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm
    Happy post is happy.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    August 2, 2014 at 7:31 pm
    This is like saying a coffee grower has never tasted a Latte macchiato.
    It`s more like saying a wheat farmer has never tasted bread.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14654 posts
    August 2, 2014 at 11:20 pm
    "That`s why white people are so healthy"

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