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“Fair-Trade Chocolate in Africa and SLO” talk
Sunday, January 20, 2013, 07:00pm - 09:00pm
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Soiree, Sunday, January 20 at Steynberg’s Gallery, 1531 Monterey
7/8 wine and cheese, 8/9 discuss

                              “Fair-Trade Chocolate in Africa and SLO”
                                                 Tom Neuhaus

Tom Neuhaus, PhD, Cornell University, has followed a foodie path that began with food production and morphed into issues of social justice. He has worked in restaurants and bakeries in France, Austria, and the United States and he has established and run bakeries, restaurants and most recently the chocolate business, Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates.

For eight years, Neuhaus wrote weekly culinary troubleshooting columns for the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He taught food and chemistry for 16 years at Cornell University and then for 14 years at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California. Dr. Neuhaus is president/co-founder of Project Hope and Fairness, a non-profit established to help West African cocoa farmers become more sustainable economically. TOPIC Fair Trade and other certifications such as Rainforest Alliance and UTZ are being promoted by the chocolate industry in response to the negative press surrounding child slavery and Worst Forms of Child Labor that are so endemic in the cocoa business. Neuhaus, who has been travelling to Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, and Cameroon since 2003 and who has distributed over $60,000 of tools to 15 villages in those countries, will maintain that certification accomplishes mainly one thing: it makes socially conscious consumers feel better. Neuhaus will begin with a brief historical review of the Fair Trade movement, then talk about the realities of the chocolate business, where cocoa is mainly grown, how and why large corporations dominate the industry, and finally the exciting new developments around the bean to bar movement. Neuhaus will propose a more participatory model: that of involving university students in first studying the situations around the cocoa value chain and then finding ways to build trust between farmers, middlemen, and the ultimate consumers. Ultimately, he says great promise in building links between villages, university food services, classes, and individual students. --------------------- Feb. 10: Rob Knapp, Evergreen College and UC-Berkeley, Sustainable Energy and the Evergreen Experiment
Location : Steynberg Gallery
1531 Monterey

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