Chocolate industry drives rainforest disaster in Ivory Coast

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Exclusive: As global demand for chocolate booms, ‘dirty’ beans from deforested national parks have entered big business supply chains

The world’s chocolate industry is driving deforestation on a devastating scale in West Africa, the Guardian can reveal.

Rey 1aCocoa traders who sell to Mars, Nestlé, Mondelez and other big brands buy beans grown illegally inside protected areas in the Ivory Coast, where rainforest cover has been reduced by more than 80% since…

Illegal product is mixed in with “clean” beans in the supply chain, meaning that Mars bars, Ferrero Rocher chocolates and…

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