Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Are you ready? Have you thought about what you will be giving your Valentine? If candy is on your list, you’re not alone.
For your fellow Americans who celebrate Valentine’s Day, an estimated $18.2 billion a year is spent on gifts, including more than $1.7 billion on candy alone.
Chocolate is often synonymous with Valentine’s Day. Most of us probably received our first heart-shaped box of chocolate as far back as grade school. And, honestly, I’ve always preferred chocolates over flowers.
Now, can you imagine a Valentine’s Day without chocolate? Cacao is one of the world’s most beloved—and yet most endangered—foods. In fact, scientists believe that by 2050, cacao trees will be extinct.
I realize you may not think about GMO farming when you think about eating chocolates, but, using GMO ingredients like beet sugar and fruit flavoring, Ethos Chocolate wants to share how GMO Farming innovations are solving big problems in the world.
In fact, Ethos Chocolate wants to help sweeten your Valentine’s Day! You can send chocolates to your Valentine that convey your personal values with the values that GMO Farming provides. For example, are you…
The Trendsetter (apple):
You’ve never had apples like this: crisp, tangy-sweet, blended with velvety smooth chocolate and fiercely sustainable. And here’s the gamechanger: GMO farming has paved the way to non-browning apples that stay fresh longer and cut food waste. With each American throwing out a pound of food every day, that’s a trend that needs to be set. How you like them apples?
The Hero (orange):
Meet the dynamic duo: bright orange and smooth chocolate. One taste can revive anyone’s zest for life. But right now, our sunshine-packed Florida fruits need reviving themselves. Citrus greening disease, or yellow dragon disease, threatens the entire species. Luckily, oranges have a hero in their corner. Thanks to GMOs, farmers could be close to slaying the dragon and saving these citrus staples.
The Optimist (cacao):
People have savored the irreplaceable fruity-meets-earthy flavor of the cacao bean for millennia. But now, due to climate change and disease, the future of chocolate could be more bitter than sweet. Fortunately, we’re optimists. We know GMO farming can protect cacao trees like the ones in the Dominican Republic that made this very bar. So cheer up, chocolate is here to stay.
The Survivor (papaya):
The refreshing, subtly sweet taste of a ripe papaya mixed with rich, sultry chocolate can make anyone feel invincible. That’s no coincidence — these fruits are survivors. A virus nearly wiped out Hawaii’s Rainbow papaya in the early 2000s. But GMOs gave them a fresh start, pulling papaya back from the brink. Ahhh, now that’s refreshing.
Personally, I’m papaya. A survivor. I’m perfectly content with a bit of chocolate mixed with papaya encouraging me to feel more invincible in my daily fight to overcome. In fact, studies have found there is some correlation between chocolate consumption and reduced risk of heart problems. Chocolate may also be good for the brain according to studies that have focused on its ability to improve cognitive function.
Finally, “virtually every major scientific, medical and research institution around the world agrees that crops grown with GMOs are no more risky or less healthy than alternatives,” from the World Health Organization and European Commission to the American Medical Association and National Academies of Science.
Ready to send your Valentine chocolates?
Send Ethos Chocolates to a family, friend or Valentine this year, and take “A Fresh Look” at GMOs. These packages will go fast, so be sure to order now (for free!) Check out the link here to order and enjoy: ethos-chocolate.com/yoursfree.