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NOOOO Chocolate is under threat!

cake-005The reason for my existence is under threat, globally!

OK, that is a slight exaggeration, it is not my only reason for existence, but it is a favoured part of my diet!

Chocolate…

I am a big fan.  You might say that I have strong chocoholic tendencies.

So it has come as a nasty shock to discover that the future of chocolate around the world is not secure.

In fact, it is already under threat.

Organic and fair trade - helps the growers, but wont stop climate change!

Organic and fair trade – helps the growers, but wont stop climate change!

You see Cacao trees (the ones that grow the cacao pods that are the basis of cocoa and chocolate) only grow within 20° north and south of the equator.  Most cacao is grown in the Ivory Coast, Ghana and Indonesia.

If we carry on as we are currently doing so – using fossil-fuel based energy, emitting greenhouse gases into the air, chopping down rainforests – then by 2050 the countries where cacao grows will experience a 2.5°C increase in temperature.  It will be much harder to grow cacao trees then – not so much because of the heat, but because the humidity will decrease.  It will just get too dry for the cacao trees.

So for the love of chocolate, take action on Climate Change!

 

Information extracted from this NOAA article  on the impacts of Climate Change on the Cacao tree.

 

 

 


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Happy Organic Month

Organic SeptemberDid you know that September is National Organic Month?

Neither did I until yesterday when a feed came up on my Facebook Page.  In this campaign, we are being asked to make small changes as if we each made a small change in what we purchase – honey, eggs, meat, vegetables, clothes, makeup, shampoo, conditioner etc, then the impact would be huge.

This is a quote from the Soil Association’s Press Release:-

“If everyone makes a small change like switching to organic milk or choosing an organic moisturiser we can make a huge difference to our planet. Organic farms support 50% more wildlife, with 30% more species -that’s more birds, bees, butterflies, beetles, bats and wildflowers. A small change can make a surprisingly large difference – the average family eats enough bread in a year that if just 12 families make the small change to swap their bread to organic, an area of organic land a quarter of the size of the Wembley Stadium football pitch would be a haven for wildlife.” (Rob Sexton, Chief Executive of Soil Association Certification)

This made me think about the things we use at home that are organic.  Food is the easiest – Chimp is still 99% organic and so most of our fruti & vegetables are organic and most of our meat too.  Chimp and Monkey both have organic milk and I usually buy organic eggs as it is easier just to have the one type in the fridge.

As all of our cleaning and bath/beauty products are through my Greenyourlife shop, then I know they are all based on natural ingredients and don’t contain the nasties like Parabens, SLS or similar.  However, not all are organic.

This got me thinking about which of our Wikaniko products are organic and in fact there are loads…..  This is an incomplete list, but a good one for starters:-

Don't wipe your face or baby with pesticide ridden cotton wool, go organic!

Don’t wipe your face or baby with pesticide ridden cotton wool, go organic!

Organic Cotton Wool – growing cotton uses lots of pesticides which can be damaging for the health of the people growing and picking cotton, as well as damaging for the wider environments in which cotton is grown.  So organic cotton wool all the way please.

FinN Organic MoisturiserFaith in Nature Products – we have recently started selling the fabulous Faith in Nature products which use organic ingredients where possible.  I have known for years about their shampoos, conditioners, shower gels and hand washes, but have only just discovered they also do deodorants and skin-care too!  So changing to any of these products gets your tick for a small change.

On the Health side of things we have

  • Organic Golden FlaxseedsOrganic Golden Flaxseeds – these are considered to have a large number of benefits for health, especially for women going through the menopause and protection against some cancers.
  • Organic Quinoa – a protein rich seed that is considered to help with dieting and detoxing.
  • A true Superfood

    A true Superfood

    Organic Chia Seeds (a great superfood and because it leaves you feeling full for ages, can help people lose weight),

  • our Aloe Vera Juice Drink is made with organic Aloe Vera.  This drink is a fabulous tonic, great for boosting the immune system and aiding with many other health issues as well.
  • Organic Chocolate – now how can I include chocolate as a health food, well I can! For our chocolate at least because it contains RAW chocolate, rather than processed stuff and is also dairy free.  Yummy yummy!

Raw Chocolate & MintVanoffee Raw Chocolate

Raw Chocolate & Goji Berries

We also have the Jackson Reese organic baby wipes, organic cotton feminine care, organic air fresheners, organic argan oil, Beaming Baby organic baby lotion, shampoo & bubble bath, and organic spirulina tablets (algae to you and me).

Phew – that is quite a list.  I use quite a few of these on a regular basis, but for September I think I will try one more.  Any guesses as to which?