Ivory Coast Disease Outbreak May Affect Cocoa Production

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Due to a recent fungal outbreak, cocoa production on the Ivory Coast may be stalled this season. In hopes of encouraging continued interest in raw chocolate despite decreased cocoa production, Massage School San Diego has released a healthy chocolate tip sheet.

Due to a fungal disease outbreak, the Ivory Coast may see a possible decrease in cocoa production this season. MSSD, which helps residents locate holistic schools in San Diego, has responded to this news by releasing a healthy chocolate tip sheet, in hopes this will inspire continued interest in the raw chocolate movement.

According to Reuters, a black pod disease outbreak along the Ivory Coast has dampened expectations for the upcoming cocoa farming season, which starts Oct. 1. Though the national government is working to distribute chemicals to stave off the disease, there have been some delays, making it difficult for many farmers to safeguard their crops. This disease, coupled with recent cool and cloudy weather, has made preparation for the upcoming season difficult. Farmers say the next month’s weather will be critical to production.

In response to the dire outlook of cocoa output on the Ivory Coast, Massage School San Diego has released these healthy tips in hopes of encouraging the continued growth of the raw chocolate industry:

  •     Use raw chocolate in smoothies for a healthy drink.
  •     Try freezing cocoa nibs with honey or agave nectar. These make for a great on-the-go snack.
  •     Blend raw chocolate up and add it to a glass of hot, herbal tea for an extra kick.
  •     Blend nuts, melted raw chocolate and other healthy treats together. Pour into mold and freeze for a homemade candy bar.

Also known as Cote D’Ivoire, the Ivory Coast is a country in the western region of Africa. It is home to more than 20 million residents. Until 1960, the Ivory Coast was a colony of France. Though the country is now independent, its official language is still French.

Most commonly, cocoa is used to make chocolate. The cocoa bean, also known as cacao, is the seed of a cocoa tree. It grows in a pod and must be removed and dried before processing. The majority of cocoa comes from countries located in Africa and South America.

Black pod disease is a fungal disease common to the cocoa tree. It’s caused by a combination of wet, humid conditions, cool temperatures (below 70 degrees Fahrenheit) and inadequate sun exposure. It can be treated with various fungicides.

In response to the black pod outbreak and the bleak outlook of cocoa production along the Ivory Coast, MassageSchoolSanDiego.com has released a raw chocolate healthy tip sheet, with aims of inspiring continual expansion of the raw chocolate industry.

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