Would You Pay $21 For A Carbon Neutral Chocolate Bar?

More pure idiocy from the Warmists, but, they get to feel good and think they are “Doing Something” to save Gaia from catching on fire in some year way down the road (via Junk Science)

(Guardian) Which ticks more ethical boxes? Fairtrade organic olive oil from the Palestinian territories? Or organic chocolate grown by a co-operative of Grenadian peasant farmers on a solar-powered farm and transported to Europe from the Caribbean in a sailing ship with no engines?

The olive oil sells for :£8.50 for a 500ml bottle, but the first 24,000 bars of “handpressed, single-estate, vanilla-free, vintage rootstock, grown-with-a-windward aspect” chocolate in the world arrives in Portsmouth next week — winds permitting — on the Tres Hombres, a 32-tonne square-rigged wooden sailing cargo ship.

The environmental impact of growing, processing and transporting the chocolate is said to be minimal, but the retail price for the food billed to taste of fruit, tobacco and grass is eye-watering….

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That doesn’t actually sound like it tastes very good, does it? Especially because

A 100g bar of Gru Grococo will sell at an introductory price of :£12.95, but if bought while still at sea will cost :£60 for six bars — the equivalent of around :£1.50 a mouthful.

That “introductory price” equates to almost $21 US for what is about the size of 2 Hershey bars. Which would cost you around $2 or less. And won’t taste like fruit, tobacco, and grass.

“This is only a beginning. The next step is to build a much larger sail-powered cargo ship, a 3,000 tonne EcoLiner equipped for container traffic and fully competitive with the oil guzzling competitors”, says Fairtransport director Jorne Langelaan. “We want to re-establish sailing ships as a natural alternative to an anti-ecological culture. We want to see a revival of the great age of sail, as a means of Fair transport for cargo around the Atlantic”.

Yes, Warmists do want to take us back to what life was like centuries ago. Hey, how many trees are killed to make these ships? As one person points out

“Carbon neutral”? So, how was the ship built and with what materials other than wood? Any steel or other refined metals in it. (According to one site, the framing is steel.) And the tools to build it — any steel or other refined metals? Screws, bolts, or nails holding it together? Metal in the blocks? Copper or other metallic sheathing of the hull? Hinges on the rudder? Navigation aids? Radio? Generator? Nav or other lights? Electrical cabling? Cooking equipment? Cooking fuel? Synthetic lines in the rigging? Even if the masts are wood, there’s bound to be metal reinforcement. (From the pix, they look like steel.) Paint, sealants, and other coatings to protect the wood and other surfaces from the elements? Any plastics? Are the sails canvas (or are they dacron/nylon)? ALL of these materials overwhelmingly contain carbon or carbon was oxidized to find, refine, and make them.

And then there is the environmental cost of the solar panels. But, hey, I bet the 1% in England loves their “fair trade carbon neutral” chocolate.

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