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Cocoa Farmers Has Never Tasted Chocolate

Hits: 2081 | Rating: (3.1) | Category: Travel | Added by: Tiredofnicks
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Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 12564 Posts
Saturday, August 02, 2014 11:20:58 PM
"That's why white people are so healthy"

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 14770 Posts
Saturday, August 02, 2014 7:31:27 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.

ArgusTuft
Male, 50-59, Australia
 737 Posts
Saturday, August 02, 2014 4:09:07 PM
Happy post is happy.

Zismo
Male, 18-29, Canada
 796 Posts
Saturday, August 02, 2014 3:00:02 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.

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 14770 Posts
Saturday, August 02, 2014 1:45:49 PM
Some men just want to watch the world burn...

...while others take the opportunity to grill cheezburgers!

Limiteded
Male, 30-39, Western US
 112 Posts
Saturday, August 02, 2014 1:01:12 PM
Despite the disparities that it brings to your attention, you can't help but enjoy the farmers' reactions.

CodeJockey
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 5260 Posts
Saturday, August 02, 2014 11:30:16 AM
"Can they has cheezburger"
Some men just want to watch the world burn...

Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 5436 Posts
Saturday, August 02, 2014 10:20:18 AM

Interesting post.

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 14770 Posts
Saturday, August 02, 2014 9:50:19 AM
Can they has cheezburger?

CodeJockey
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 5260 Posts
Saturday, August 02, 2014 9:03:16 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.

CreamK
Male, 40-49, Europe
 1179 Posts
Saturday, August 02, 2014 8:31:35 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?

CreamK
Male, 40-49, Europe
 1179 Posts
Saturday, August 02, 2014 8:23:31 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!

beternal
Male, 18-29, Europe
 2436 Posts
Saturday, August 02, 2014 7:10:31 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.

Tiredofnicks
Male, 30-39, Europe
 4930 Posts
Thursday, July 31, 2014 6:59:29 AM
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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