Pacari Chocolate Earns Demeter Biodynamic Certification
Pacari Founders Santiago Peralta and Carla Barboto built a business based on socially and environmentally sustainable principles to ensure their products support the well-being of the land and the community that surrounds it. In an effort to preserve the native Arriba Nacional cacao bean, they developed Pacari Chocolate, the first single-origin chocolate made entirely in Ecuador, from tree to bar. Pacari was a featured chocolate during our recent Chocolate Festival.
Using only organic cacao for their products is one important way they contribute to the overall health of the Ecuadorian agriculture and limit is dependence on petroleum-based synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. It’s no surprise, then, that Pacari has become the first chocolate company in the world to receive the prestigious Demeter® Biodynamic® International and U.S. Certification, the ultimate recognition of sustainability and proof of the company’s commitment to their mission.
Demeter is the world’s only certifier of biodynamic farming and products. It specifically defines a biodynamic farm as a living organism where animals, soil, crops and humans are interacting units within the complete system. Not all organic farming projects can earn the Demeter seal, however. The biodynamic farming method requires a high commitment on the part of the farmer, with special sensitivity and skilled observation of the interactions taking place in nature. Some of Pacari’s sustainable farming techniques include composts made with nonconventional organic and mineral components prepared and applied according to biodynamic principles and preservation of cacao’s genetic diversity to maintain a precise ecological balance that’s minimally dependent on external inputs.
In addition to the Demeter seal, Pacari is certified USDA organic and kosher. Plus its chocolates are vegan and soy-, dairy- and gluten-free.