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Chocolate Forests: Can Cocoa Help Restore The Amazon?

Published on Apr 12 2018 1:10 PM in Features tagged: Trending Posts / Amazon / Sustainability / cocoa

Chocolate Forests: Can Cocoa Help Restore The Amazon?

For years, Valdomiro Facchi has made a living ranching on land carved from the Amazon rainforest. He's a small player in one of the world's biggest environmental disasters.

But now that his cattle have trampled the pastures to dust - and new laws prevent him from clearing fresh land - he has to find new income.

"I want to diversify," said the 68-year old rancher, outlining plans to plant cocoa trees on his 300 hectare plot in Brazil’s Para State. "I want to have the cocoa income when profit from cattle ranching fails."

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