11.The Odyssey of contemporary food in a globalized world
Farmers deliver cocoa beans to assembly centers in jute bags where they are left for few months. Storage conditions are not ideal and the jute bags are completely permeable to air, light, insects, and any other pathogen, certainly the precious beans are not protected enough.
Cocoa beans are next brought into bigger storage centers, close to the main harbors where they will wait to be shipped to the dreamed western shores. Again, cocoa beans are left to wait in these storage centers, where care and protection are often poor.