It’s Valentine’s Day this week and chances are you’ll be partaking in one of my favorite guilty pleasures - chocolate. Every year, 58 million pounds of chocolate is purchased. But not everything is so sweet about the practices that surround this commodity-driven product. Nathan Hodge, head chocolatier of Raaka Chocolate in Brooklyn, NY, is working to change this.
If you’re like most conscious consumers, you’ve probably thought of the impact that a commodity-driven treat like chocolate has on our planet and the communities that grow them. This episode dives into the indigenous cultures where cacao is grown as well as the meaning of sustainable chocolate.
Nate shares with us the time he set his oven on fire and when he had a bow and arrow drawn on him while researching cacao trees in South America. He's very passionate about creating delicious, sustainable chocolate that supports the health of the makers, consumers, and planet.
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