The Sustainability of Chocolate

Date(s) - Thursday, March 5, 2015
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Admissions: Free
Presented by: UIC Latino Cultural Center in partnership with the Department of Anthropology, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, and the National Museum of Mexican Art

Chocolate: Drink of Gods, Food of Mortals
Poster Image for The Sustainability of Chocolate

  • Can you imagine a world without chocolate?

Join us for a conversation with arts journalist Ruth Lopez who will share her recent visit to cacao plantations in Mexico and discuss the future of the embattled cacao tree. With the destruction of the tropical rainforest—the ideal environment for the cacao tree—and diseases, cacao researchers along with the chocolate industry have begun to put a number of systems in place to protect the future of chocolate. This presentation will provide an overview of the issues and explain why the practice of sustainable farming is more important than ever.

Ruth Lopez is a writer and cultural journalist based in Chicago, and is the author of “Chocolate: The Nature of Indulgence.” Lopez is a former fellow of the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University.

Poster: The Sustainability of Chocolate [PDF]

If you require any accommodations please contact us at least one week before the program.

Contact Info

Name: Mario Lucero
Phone: 312-996-3095


UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos (CCSL), Great Cities Institute (GCI), Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program (LARES), Office of Public and Government Affairs, Office of Sustainability, and student organizations Heritage Garden Student Group, Mexican Students de Aztlán (MeSA), and Union of Puerto Rican Students (UPRS)

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