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What is 'organic' chocolate?

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To qualify as organic, foodstuffs must be produced with natural methods. Natural farming relies on crop rotation and manure fertilization to maintain soil health and productive capacity. All synthetic and toxic pesticides are replaced by natural approved products.

Foodstuffs may be labeled organic if at least 95% of their ingredients have been grown organically. All cocoa, sugar and dairy components in Barry Callebaut's organic chocolate are obtained from organic farmers. The end products are even wrapped in natural materials, not synthetic ones such as PVC. An increasing number of health-conscious consumers are choosing to buy organic chocolate. Organic crops are usually less abundant than conventional ones and they require extra care in all stages of processing. That is why organic chocolate - like most other organic products - is more expensive than its conventional counterpart.


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