“GOOD FOR YOU. GOOD FOR FARMERS. GOOD FOR EARTH.”
I picked up a bag of Kopali chocolate covered bananas the other day at Whole Foods and was blown away by how delicious the bite-sized sweets were. The bag is labeled organic, no sugar, the usual. But wow, the perfect treat for after a meal.
However, that’s not what is truly amazing about Kopali. The company was started to mitigate the devastation to Costa Rican rain forests and ecosystems caused by farmers using chemicals on their crops (namely bananas) to cut down on costs. Concurrently, organic farmers were becoming a dying breed because they couldn’t match the lower price. Costa Rica was suffering as a whole.
The founders of Kopali believe people truly care about what they ingest and how it effects the world. Admittedly, I could definitely be more conscious. But I don’t think many companies truly understand the impact they have, and therefore there isn’t an abundance of this kind of production. Or they do, and they continue to focus on the bottom line anyway.
All of their treats, which are absolutely delicious, are certified organic and part of a greater vision to improve farming practices and rain forest depletion. Costa Rica is just the beginning of their mission. It is my hope that other companies and governments follow their example.
You can pick up a bag of treats at any Whole Foods for $3.99. Delicious and better for your body than a cookie! I’m addicted to the chocolate covered mulberries and the unbelievably fresh dried mango. But honestly, they are all tasty. Even the goji berries.