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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…September 12th-September 18th 2021…Environmental A-Z, Mashed potatoes, Renewable Energy, Fairtrade Chocolate and Apple Dumplings…

Environmental A-Z, Mashed Potatoes, Punch and Judy, Fairtrade Chocolate, Renewable Energy, and Music from Bjorg…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…

 We are now just into the middle of September time just flies…already I am hearing mutterings about Christmas…sigh…although it will soon be time to make the Christmas Cake, Sweet Mincemeat and the Puddings…I will most certainly though be researching any chocolates I buy for Christmas this year as we all know or should know that child labour still happens and the checks that are made before issuing a Fairtrade certificate are not always very stringent…This brings me nicely to my first post of the week which was about Chocolate as it was International Chocolate Day..but you know me I can’t help just checking credentials…so please when buying Christmas chocolates please check their origins and if they are a bargain and cheap just spare a thought for those who pick the cocoa beans and imagine just how little they will be paid for your enjoyment and the companies profits…Just saying!

International Chocolate Day…Child Labour and Fairtrade Chocolate…

 

My week wasn’t planned in two halves like this it is just how it happened as every second week my Wednesday A-Z is environmental…

Plastic…The Latest News…Week 7… Climate Change and Renewable Energy…

Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…today it’s the letter P…I have been heartened to hear how many of you feel like I do that we need to take our own steps to avoid pollution wherever we can…You may have been surprised that as it was the letter P that plastic didn’t feature front, middle and top…it was deliberate… as I bang that particular drum on many occasions and it isn’t all about plastic there are other important areas of concern which can and do affect our health and our families health…like Pharmaceutical waste and Pesticides…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter P…

I sometimes get fed up with silly days of the year but when they happened to be something like National Potato Month then I will promote it as I think it is such a versatile vegetable that is used in so many cuisines it deserves to be highlighted as it is not just something fit for soggy chips it is so much more…This week I will be highlighting sliced potatoes and their uses and there are far more than just crisps/chips.

CarolCooks2…In my kitchen…Mashed Potatoes…

#recommended read…Our health is important and some symptoms we shouldn’t ignore Please read this post whether or not you have concerns as this post will tell what you need to look out for…Be well and stay safe…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Women’s Health Month – Guest Post – Outshining Ovarian Cancer by author Karen Ingalls.

I am getting nostalgic in my old age …maybe it is something which we all do at certain times in our lives…I don’t know…so this week for no better reason than I remember my grandmother and mother making these…Apple Dumplings and it seems many of you do too…

Friday Nostalgia…Apple Dumplings…

It’s that time of year when apples are plentiful and there is nothing like an apple dumpling with custard…How do you like your Apple Dumplings?

The Punch for mean initially conjured up…fruit punch and Punch and Judy…although I found many references to a “Punch”…There were many other references that didn’t involve violence of the worst kind although Punch and Judy shows in the early days were quite graphic…I hope you enjoy my foray through the world of “Punch”

Saturday Snippets…18th September 2021…Punch!

 

Once again I would like to extend my thanks for the emails, messages and calls of support for our dear daughter and for us stuck here at the moment so far away…it helps enormously…Lauren now knows what lies ahead for her going forward it will be a long road ahead starting with 6 months of aggressive chemotherapy but we hope with support and her fighting spirit she will get through this…on the plus side, her consultant has said she can attend a family wedding in a Cyprus before her treatment starts this cheered her up and she is busy sorting out her wardrobe…Thank you once again I do appreciate all the support…Much love and Hugs xxx

Tomorrow is the start of a new week I hope you will join me for next weeks posts…Have a lovely Sunday…after a  wet and windy week here today it’s sunny and bright xxx

 

International Chocolate Day…Child Labour and Fairtrade Chocolate…

 

I don’t think anyone needs a special day to eat a square or two of chocolate…but maybe it’s an excuse to indulge in another square or two…BUT before you do… let’s take a minute to think about where your chocolate comes from and at what human cost…

FIRSTLY… there is Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate…it also appears there is a new kid on the block called Ruby Chocolate…but is it or is it just clever marketing to make us think it is a bar of new exciting chocolate from a rare variety of the cocoa Bean?

Apparently, it is not from a rare cocoa bean...the company that produces this are remaining very tight-lipped about their chocolate…they may be laughing all the way to the bank especially on Valentine’s day…however there is no rare cocoa bean in sight…

Instead, ruby chocolate is actually just regular cocoa beans that have a “particular mix of compounds,” which likely refers to high levels of pigmented polyphenols referred to in the chocolate’s 2009 patent. Additionally, the patent notes the unique processing technique also lends to the pink colour.

The patent describes a way to make a “cocoa-derived material red or purple” by minimizing fermentation (3 days or less), treating the product with an acid, and using petroleum ether to remove fatty acids to preserve the colour…Ewwww..after reading that I’ll stick to my dark chocolate methinks…

Plus …this makes me smile…technically it is not defined as true chocolate by the FDA…The FDA has guidelines and amounts of what can and can’t be in a product…maximum and minimum amounts of certain products…thus while Ruby chocolate has all the ingredients of regular chocolate it doesn’t meet the correct percentages…

Chocolate and Child Labour…

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the chocolate industry’s promise to end child labour in the cocoa sector of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, a commitment they made under the 2001 Harkin-Engel Protocol and renewed again with the 2010 Framework of Action. Furthermore, it is the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

This year should have been a landmark in the fight against child labour in cocoa. Instead, the cocoa sector as a whole has been conspicuously quiet on this topic.

Child labour is still a reality on West African cocoa farms, and there is strong evidence that forced labour continues in the sector as well. Recent reports – such as Ghana’s GLSS 7 survey and the study of the University of Chicago commissioned by the United States government – show that close to 1.5 million children are engaged in hazardous or age-inappropriate work on cocoa farms in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. The vast majority of these child labourers are exposed to the worst forms of child labour, such as carrying heavy loads, working with dangerous tools, and increasing exposure to harmful agrochemicals.

All of this made me look for chocolate that has Fair Trade certification…

Fairtrade cocoa is an agricultural product harvested from a cocoa tree using a certified process that is followed by cocoa farmers, buyers, and chocolate manufacturers, and is designed to create sustainable incomes for farmers and their families.

But is it fair…

Chocolate can sometimes be labelled as fair trade because some of the ingredients being used are fair trade, but the cocoa being used may not be. … Some chocolate bars may be certified fair trade as a result of certain ingredients – but that doesn’t always mean that the cocoa that they use is fair trade certified…

Fairtrade chocolate makes up 12% of chocolate sales in the UK. Yes, that figure is not so high when you look at the amount of chocolate purchased overall…Fairtrade chocolate accounts for 12% of total sales in the UK – although the trend for Fairtrade-certified cocoa treats is growing (see the Global Cocoa Market 2016-2020)…I think it is not growing fast enough we should be more diligent when we are buying chocolate spare a thought when you save a dime or three on a chocolate bar how much is that child earning…then enjoy your chocolate.

Why is it that everything has get-out clauses? Everything I buy I have to double-check as I cannot rely on a manufacturer being 100% honest and reliable with the fact and figures they put on their labels to me there are far too many variables..too many loopholes…all this means is we cannot trust what we are told and most of all …I am almost certain that child labour and fairtrade will be exactly the same in 10 years time…That makes me angry and sad…

How much money does the chocolate industry make per year?

According to a chocolate industry analysis from Grand View Research, an industry study group global chocolate sales were valued at $130.56 billion in 2019 and are expected to grow at a rate of about 4.6 per cent a year for the next few years…Projected global sales by 2027 are expected to be about $187 billion.

It may be International Chocolate Day...but the industry needs to be far more transparent
and do what it says on the tin or sadly I won’t be buying any more chocolate…unless I can
categorically tell myself it is what it is…Frankly though with the huge sales per year which runs
into billions, they could clean the industry up very quickly and properly and dispense with child
labour plus pay a living wage… it is pure unadulterated greed and profiteering.

 

See you tomorrow where it’s my plastic update…Have a lovely evening x