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Yabisi Kakaw : Rebooting Puerto Rico's cacao heritage. | Kickstarter Campaign | FINAL DAYS!

Started this discussion. Last reply by José Crespo Jul 15. 2 Replies

Hello everyone, For quite some time now,  I’ve been in love and fascinated with theobroma cacao, the plant. Whose seed was once used as currency in pre-columbian civilizations in South America  I…Continue

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Hello from Puerto Rico

Started this discussion. Last reply by José Crespo May 21. 2 Replies

Hello,I'm from Puerto Rico and started with the Theobroma Cacao fascination some time last year when I was recovering from an sports injury. In our family farm, there is an adult cacao tree that was…Continue

Tags: theobroma, rico, puerto, cacao

 

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Transgenic theobroma cacao

Reading some papers about cacao propagation I stumbled upon a granted patent on embryogenesis procedure on theobroma cacao tree. What I found alarming is that as long as a decade there're methods to introduce external traits to the embryo. Oficially creating a GMO cacao tree.Here's some extract from the document : "A “foreign gene” is intended to mean any gene or polynucleotide not naturally found in cacao. In addition, this technology enables the development of transgenic cacao varieties with…See More
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"By the way Jose , the soil for sprouting I use is sugar cane compost ."
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"Will be my pleasure to help!"
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"Thanks for all the great info Jose. I wrote my son and he says the pod we got was from Theombria variety . If you don't mind will be picking your brain in the future . we're just getting started and can use all the help we can get . Thanks…"
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"Beautiful pictures BTW. Love the color of the soil! :)"
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"If you want to make sure to have a good production, you should contact CATIE and ask for high yield and disease resistant hybrids. Not all trees grown by seed are auto-compatible and some may grow flowers and never produce fruits. There's…"
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Most memorable chocolate experience:
Growing my own trees.
My favorite chocolate is:
Mama Ganache
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Transgenic theobroma cacao

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

Reading some papers about cacao propagation I stumbled upon a granted patent on embryogenesis procedure on theobroma cacao tree. What I found alarming is that as long as a decade there're methods to introduce external traits to the embryo. Oficially creating a GMO cacao tree.

Here's some extract from the document : 

"A “foreign gene” is intended to mean any gene or polynucleotide not naturally found in cacao. In addition, this technology enables the…

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Yabisi Kakaw : Rebooting Puerto Rico's cacao heritage. | Kickstarter Campaign | FINAL DAYS!

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 8:16am 0 Comments

Hello everyone,

 

For quite some time now,  I’ve been in love and fascinated with theobroma cacao, the plant. Whose seed was once used as currency in pre-columbian civilizations in South America  I live in Puerto Rico, one of the places the Spanish conquistadors brought seeds and and started commercial production in the 17th century. Historical records show that along with ginger, cacao was the main agricultural crop at that…

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At 12:05pm on August 15, 2014, Michael Petti said…

By the way Jose , the soil for sprouting I use is sugar cane compost .

At 9:20pm on August 14, 2014, Michael Petti said…

Thanks for all the great info Jose. I wrote my son and he says the

pod we got was from Theombria variety . If you don't mind will be picking your brain in the future . we're just getting started and can use all the help we can get . Thanks again - Mike

At 8:43pm on May 13, 2014, Clay Gordon said…

Okay, José - I obviously don't know about BitCoin at this level. I will go take a look at Coinbase more closely and see if it makes sense as an alternative or a replacement for PayPal.

At 8:30pm on May 13, 2014, Clay Gordon said…

Right - so the integration effort and cost of implementing the payment gateway may not be worth the returns.

At 8:21pm on May 13, 2014, Clay Gordon said…

What percentage of members of TheChocolateLife, do you think, use BitCoin?

At 8:01pm on May 13, 2014, Clay Gordon said…

José -

Interesting concept about accepting BitCoins, but at this point, with all of the problems with the exchanges (e.g., Mt Gox), it's not a risk I need to take on. Same with Doge Coins. Several millions were stolen from an exchange in the last week or so. And that's just the fraud risk. The value of BitCoin has fluctuated wildly over the past year. I have enough headache dealing with the exchange rate between the USD and the Pound and Euro as it is. 

I agree that alternative payment methods make sense, but I am at a loss to find one that does not involve the risks that the crypto-currencies seem to reflect.

At 12:16am on May 12, 2014, Arcelia Gallardo said…

Hola Jose, estos arboles estan en Puerto Rico? En unos meses yo viajo a Mayaguez para coordinar plantacion de cacao. Me gustaria conocerte.

 
 
 

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