18.4.09

Healthy chocolates please

I am currently reading one food subject I like a lot . And this is about organic chocolates. Choco goodies that allow indulgence and yet friendly, both to our health and the environment. I didn't know that there were a lot of brands commercially produced, already in the market. Because I don't see them around here where I come from, I thought there were no such bananas.

I love learning something everyday.

By the way, for food items to be classified organic, they need to adhere to certain standards. The concept originated in 1939, when "Lord Northbourne coined the term organic farming in his book 'Look to the Land' (written in 1939, but published in 1940), out of his conception of "the farm as organism", to describe a holistic, ecologically-balanced approach to farming -- in contrast to what he called chemical farming, which relied on "imported fertility" and "cannot be self-sufficient nor an organic whole".

Generally, food /food items or processed food can be considered organic if they:

1. contain only organic ingredients
2. free of artificial food additives
3. if, processed, less artificial methods or conditions and must use energy efficient technologies, packaged with biodegradable materials
4. usually come from small farms
5. must be organically certified

Brands that have organically produced chocolates are:

1. Dagoba from Ashland, Oregon. Once referred to by CNN as the world's best chocolates
2. Green & Blacks fair trade maya gold organic chocolate
3. Vivani from Germany
4. Alma Chocolates from Portland, Oregon
5. Vere Chocolates from Ecuadorian cocoa
6. Sjaaks
7. Deans Beans
8. Equal Exchange
9. Yachana
10. Sweet Earth

and a host of others
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