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Ivory Coast Resumes Cocoa Exports

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posted on May, 9 2011 @ 09:14 AM
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Ivory Coast Resumes Cocoa Exports


www.voanews.com

Cocoa exports stopped in January when the internationally-recognized winner of the country's presidential vote called for a boycott to force the incumbent government to hand over power.

Then-president Laurent Gbagbo vowed to keep those exports going, but cocoa prices spiked to near 30-year highs when domestic traders and foreign buyers were near unanimous in abiding by the ban announced by former prime minister Alassane Ouattara.
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posted on May, 9 2011 @ 09:14 AM
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Perhaps we are viewing the beginning of a speculator's dream come true.

There are a number of aspects of the recent political crisis in the region, but among the most overlooked was the fact that on July 18th, 2010 somebody bought 241,000 tons of cocoa beans, which roughly is equivalent to buying the entire European market's share of Cocoa.

This was prior to the unrest, and considering the hype about exploding cocoa prices; seems evidence that market manipulation may have been afoot.

Then there is the "Genetically Modified Organism" (GMO) Cocoa initiative which is an angle worth considering as well.

I leave that to you ATS members to evaluate and discuss. For those of you interested in such things, see the links added for some very interesting details....

www.voanews.com
(visit the link for the full news article)
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posted on May, 9 2011 @ 09:55 AM
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Quite frightening. People should not underestimate the ripple effect of chocolate throughout the world. I think they are manipulating the prices and growth of the Vanilla bean as well. I recently came across this dealing with the very interesting DNA discoveries concerning chocolate. And at least in this instance presumably...

The goal of the genome project is not to genetically engineer chocolate. Rather it's to improve the traditional method of breeding trees, a laborious, trial-and-error process in which researchers try to isolate the sweetest traits and replicate them. That can take as long as 15 years to complete.www.washingtonpost.com...


Rival Candy Projects Both Parse Cocoa’s DNA
www.nytimes.com...

The candy maker Mars is expected to announce on Wednesday that a project it financed has essentially completed the raw sequence of the genome of the cacao tree, and that it would make the data freely available to researchers.

Mystery melts as chocolate DNA decoded www.guardian.co.uk...

The researchers identified 28,798 genes in the chocolate tree, including two kinds that help defend against disease

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posted on May, 10 2011 @ 08:53 AM
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I was surprised to learn Mexico is such a large producer of chocolate but that

Around three quarters of the world's cacao bean production takes place in West Africa.


Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennium in Mexico, Central and South America, with its earliest documented use around 1100 BC. The majority of the Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Aztecs


The Maya civilization grew cacao trees in their backyards


Until the 16th century, no European had ever heard of (cacao)


Perhaps the most cited explanation (for the word) "chocolate" comes from Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs


Cocoa solids contain alkaloids... which.. link to serotonin levels in the brain.
en.wikipedia.org...




This was certainly news to me.

United States military chocolateen.wikipedia.org...

Military chocolate has been a part of standard United States military ration since the original Ration D or D ration bar of 1937. Today, military chocolate is issued to troops as part of basic field rations and sundry packs. Chocolate rations served two purposes: as a morale boost, and as a high-energy, pocket-sized emergency ration. Military chocolate rations are often made in special lots to military specifications for weight, size, and endurance. The majority of chocolate issued to military personnel is produced by the Hershey Company.



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