Cocoa is amongst the most highly sprayed food crops in the world. At Green & Black’s, we choose to grow and make our chocolate organically to bring out the signature intensity and flavor in our cocoa beans. We ensure that every one of our ingredients is grown using natural, sustainable farming methods with no pesticides. This allows the true cocoa flavors to shine through and our chocolate to taste the way it was meant to – deep, fruity and full.
All of our products are organic and certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), and meet the National Organic Program (NOP) standards set by the USDA. This certification gives consumers of organic products an assurance that the product is from a trusted source and matches the high standards of organic production. Furthermore, the farms where we source our cocoa beans are visited to ensure they adhere to strict guidelines that enable them to call their products organic.
We hear the term organic a lot these days but what does it really mean? Organic production differs from more commercial farming methods in that it relies on nature to produce the crop. The term "organic" when applied to crops, animal rearing, and food in general actually refers to the sustainability of the land. The product is therefore organic if the land can continue to provide food without becoming exhausted of nutrients. In practice this means that organic farming does not allow the mass use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, fostering a more natural environment for people and animals alike.
At Green & Black's, the very essence of our mission relies on sourcing organic ingredients. When we allow the depth and variety of flavor to stand out in every cocoa bean, we infuse our products with the same intensity of flavor for extraordinary taste. Organic farming is our means to this end. For us, working with so many others on quality helps us realize and share our passion for delectably intense chocolate.
We also believe that farmers who grow their crops organically are often more interested in, and concentrate on, the quality and taste of what they grow. They are more likely to choose varieties and growing methods that ensure they can successfully grow their crops without the use of chemicals. Sometimes the farmers reintroduce neglected or obscure varieties that have been forgotten, while still achieving the best taste possible. For us, working with so many others on quality helps us realize and share our passion for delectably intense chocolate.
For more information on organic production and products, visit: visit The CCOF