December 2015

After accompanying chocolatiers and sourcers to some of our cocoa-producing members last month, November saw us returning to the Amazon with more varied, if equally flavorful, company and objectives. Along with chefs, social entrepreneurs, writers, scientists, conservationists and business people, we embarked on a journey to connect the worlds of food, environmentalism and community development to make gastronomy a force for change in the Amazon. Here we provide a brief taste of our latest adventures, projects, and opportunities for sustainable production, culinary concoction, and conservation.

Check out updates on interested buyers, featured members, global events, native cacao, Amazon gastronomycrops to combat climate change, and what people are saying about Canopy Bridge.


  Ylang Ylang: An interested buyer has reached out to Canopy Bridge looking for ylang ylang. Contact us for further details.
  Chocolate Bars: Buyers have contacted 
Canopy Bridge looking for Organic or FairTrade chocolate bars. Contact us about updating your profile and for further details.
  Global Health and Innovation Conference: The 2016 GHIC Conference is accepting applications for new initiatives with a social focus to present a pitch to an expert panel at the Social Impact Labs at Yale University. More information here


New at Canopy Bridge

Firing Up Amazon Gastronomy
For three days in mid-November we helped convene—together with Michael Jenkins of Forest Trends, leading Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, and food writer Ignacio Medina—a group with an ambitious purpose: use gastronomy to conserve the eating it. This meeting took us to markets, Amazon communities, and to many delicious dinner tables. Read about our experiences and conclusions in our blog below.
What people are saying about Canopy Bridge

"Because of their unique relationships to undiscovered farming communities, their uncompromising commitment to transparency and ethical business practices, and their deep understanding of the Latin American rural context, Canopy Bridge makes an ideal partner for the new wave of enterprises with a global and social consciousness."
-Sebastian Martin, founder
Cambio Coffee


Featured Members

Kuwangisana Nzeru Za Amai is a project mobilizing women in Sena, Mozambique, combatting malnutrition and poverty by producing and commercializing moringa. 
Tsatsayaku is an Ecuadorian association of kichwa and mestizo producers, dedicated to the socio-ecological production of cocoa and other native crops.
San Ignacio is coop made up of 330 small producers in Northeastern Peru, specializing in exporting organic and fair trade certified Arabica Coffe.
Global CoopSAC is a family owned company with 100 years of experience in producing fine Peruvian chocolates and coffee.
ASPROBOS (Association for the Protection of Dry Forests) produces honey made from the pollen of reforested flowers, with the aim of ending poverty and deforestation in their home of Choloque, Peru.

From our blog

Fine Cacao is Booming. Fine Cacao is Vanishing.
In September, Canopy Bridge founder Jacob Olander accompanied cocoa sourcers and chocolatiers to visit Canopy Bridge cocoa producers. Here, Jacob reflects on the current situation, opportunities, and threats to fine cocoa in the Amazon, and their implications for the forest itself.
Building a Movement from, and for, the Amazon

The Amazon River draws together the waters of nearly half of South America. Recently those waters were the venue for a remarkable meeting, drawing together chefs, social entrepreneurs, writers, scientists, conservationists and business people to chart a course for the future of food from, and for, the Amazon. 

Eating the Amazon
While felling of forests for agricultural production continues to be the single biggest driver of deforestation across the Amazon basin, food will determine the forest's fate. By working with Amazon ingredients and directly sourcing them from communities and producers, chefs in Latin America are creating options for the communities and landowners who need to see value from their farms and forests, in order to keep them standing.

What we're reading

Responding to the Climate Crisis through Crop Diversification
CRS Coffeelands
Floresta Única
Folha de S.Paulo
Agroecology: How It Can Help Feed the World
Conservation and the Foodie Movement
Miami Herald
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