Since she started working here at the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre, eating chocolate doesn’t feel the same.
“You certainly know all the work that goes into producing that chocolate bar, and all the potential threats that could be there in the future,” Lake says.
Those potential threats are the focus of this research center. Every cocoa tree that travels the world starts with a vacation here in the British countryside. The facility is part of the University of Reading, about 40 miles west of London. And a big chunk of the funding comes from America, via the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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