Washington — Ethos Chocolate bars are handmade from sustainably grown cocoa from Dominican Republic and genetically engineered ingredients, according to A Fresh Look, a farmer nonprofit, which notes the bars help convey how GMO farming helped saved, improved or protected important crops such as oranges, cacao, apples and papaya.
“We know many Americans are passionate about chocolate, so we’ve created a product to tangibly illustrate the benefits of a technology that is often misunderstood,” says Lead Scientist Rebecca Larson, Ph.D., for A Fresh Look. “Chocolate is worth saving, so what could be a better embodiment of the benefits of biotechnology than creating our own line of chocolates to tell that story.”
The limited-edition line, which was made by SPAGnVOLA Chocolatiers, includes The Optimist, which highlights how genetic engineering is protecting cacao trees; The Survivor featuring Hawaiian papaya, a crop that was saved from ring spot virus by genetic engineering; The Hero, which highlights GMO researchers’ work in helping Florida orange trees fight greening disease; and The Trendsetter, which showcases how GMOs paved the way for non-browning apples that stay fresh longer, in turn reducing food waste.
“I know first-hand how challenging it is to maintain cacao orchards,” says Eric Reid, cacao grower and owner of SPAGnVOLA Chocolatiers. “As a single-estate chocolatier, I understand how the finest chocolates are derived from the hands of farmers. We must take care of the cacao plant if we want to continue enjoying one of the world’s most cherished foods.”
The bars are available for free up until Valentine’s Day by visiting ethos-chocolate.com.