Do you love chocolate? We do too! But unfortunately for us all, this delicious confection is under threat.
Join us for a panel discussion about the impact that climate change is having on the chocolate industry, and learn more about what we as consumers can do to help.
Topics to be discussed include :
1) the extreme weather affecting cocoa yields
2) how consumers will respond to higher prices
3) and if higher prices will raise awareness about climate issues and encourage broader changes in consumption.
All ages are welcome, and free chocolate will be given to the first 15 attendees!
ABOUT THE PANEL
LAUREN KUBY is a member of Tempe City Council who ran on a sustainability platform in 2014 and was re-elected on March 13th, 2018. She is also manager of community engagement for Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability, where she champions urban sustainability practices and solutions.
JIM ELITZAK is a co-owner of Scottsdale's famed Zak's Chocolate, where he is the primary maker of the chocolate, roasting and grinding the cocoa beans to bring us their delicious - and award-winning - local confections.
LAUREN CHENARIDES is an Assistant Professor ASU's Morrison School of Agribusiness, where she teaches courses on food advertising and promotions, food supply networks, and food policy. She joined W.P. Carey in 2017 after completing her doctorate in agricultural, environmental, and regional economics at Pennsylvania State University.
NICK PETRUSEK, the State Director of Defend Our Future,
will moderate the panel.