How We Make Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One Chocolate

How We Make Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One Chocolate

Have you ever wondered where chocolate comes from? How Dr. Bronner’s yummy Magic All-One Chocolate is made? Rich, dark, wonderfully delicious chocolate, with its magical, mystical tastes and alchemical effects? Well, let me share a few chocolate making secrets with you… Food of the Gods The cocoa plant was given the scientific name Theobroma Cacao by Linnaeus—Theobroma means “food of the gods” in Greek, and Cacao derives from the Mayan and Nahuatl words for cocoa. Some research suggests that eating... Continue Reading

Let’s Strategically Raise the Minimum Wage for All Workers—with Paid Overtime for Farmworkers

Let’s Strategically Raise the Minimum Wage for All Workers—with Paid Overtime for Farmworkers

With the incredible success of the movement to raise the minimum wage in both blue and red states in recent years, the national movement has called for raising the federal minimum wage to $15. I appreciate going for as high as we can get; but I’m concerned by the fact that the only states where we have been able to raise to this level have relatively high costs of living.Continue Reading

Genetic Engineering of Major Crops: the Most Recent Depressing Episode

Genetic Engineering of Major Crops: the Most Recent Depressing Episode

In May this year, a Research Entomologist with the USDA contacted me and shared this message: I remember your full-page ad in the New Yorker several years ago when you predicted the disaster with dicamba-resistant transgenic soybeans. And guess what, it came true. Continue Reading

Our Journey to Dynamic Agroforestry—A Concept with a Future

Our Journey to Dynamic Agroforestry—A Concept with a Future

The concept of mixed agroforestry is catching on, promoted by practitioners and scientists and driven by several urgent needs worldwide: to help small farmers make their farms more productive, resilient, and profitable, and to sequester plenty of carbon while feeding a large part of the world’s population.Continue Reading

Dr. Bronner’s Joins Local Agencies in Providing Aid to Migrant Children

Dr. Bronner’s Joins Local Agencies in Providing Aid to Migrant Children

Crisis sometimes has a way of galvanizing communities, and in Spring, 2021, social services agencies in San Diego came together to successfully address a big challenge that had appeared—seemingly overnight.  In the early part of 2021, the U.S. saw a steep increase in the number of unaccompanied minor children migrating across the U.S. southern border. Facing ongoing and escalating gang violence and drug trafficking in their home countries, coupled with devastating hurricanes wiping out food sources and shelter, Central American... Continue Reading

Why is Dr. Bronner’s Making Chocolate?

Why is Dr. Bronner’s Making Chocolate?

Yes—Dr. Bronner’s is making chocolate! I can guess what some of you are thinking. “I’m all for it. But why?!” The short version: Our mission, first and foremost, is to use our company as a vehicle for social good—and creating a line of organic, fair trade and vegan Magic All-One Chocolate presented an opportunity to invest even more resources into transparent, ethical supply chains, and regenerative organic farming practices that help mitigate climate change. The long version: Back in 2009,... Continue Reading

How to Taste Chocolate Like a Connoisseur

How to Taste Chocolate Like a Connoisseur

Can I be a connoisseur? Why should I be? Your first question might be: can I become a chocolate connoisseur? The answer is definitely yes—everyone can be a connoisseur! Everyone has a palate and their own taste preferences. Tasting like a connoisseur is simply about developing a vocabulary to describe the flavors that you taste and the aromas that you smell. It is definitely not about learning to like things just because the “experts” seem to prefer them. You might... Continue Reading

Corrections to Misinformation Being Spread about MAPS and IPCI

Corrections to Misinformation Being Spread about MAPS and IPCI

I’m writing in my capacity as a board member of MAPS and supporter of the Indigenous Peyote Conservation Initiative (as well as Decriminalize Denver, Decriminalize Nature DC, DN Seattle, Measures 109, 110 and the Plant Medicine Healing Alliance in Oregon).  Decriminalize Nature (DN) leadership is engaging in the same conspiracy smear campaign against MAPS over personal possession limits in SB519, as they did against IPCI when the National Council of Native American Churches requested that peyote not be decriminalized in... Continue Reading

Pavitramenthe Leads Covid Relief Efforts in Northern India

Pavitramenthe Leads Covid Relief Efforts in Northern India

Dr. Bronner’s has spent the past 15 years building a regenerative, organic, fair trade supply chain, investing in the farms and lives of the suppliers of our raw materials. This puts us in the unique position of having our ears to the ground, listening to what farming communities need in order to thrive. For several years, we have been responding to those needs by supporting programs that improve the lives, not just of the people who produce our raw materials,... Continue Reading

Towards a More Rational and Compassionate Drug Policy

Towards a More Rational and Compassionate Drug Policy

I began this blog on my return from going deep with ibogaine with my friends at Iboga Quest in Tepotzlan, Mexico. What incredible medicine, especially for folks in the throes of opiate addiction. Ibogaine interrupts withdrawal and resets the dopamine system, while precipitating an intense “life review” psychedelic experience, giving insights into behavior, thought patterns, and underlying traumas. It opens the opportunity for people to work on their underlying issues without intense physical withdrawal and craving. But it’s no magic... Continue Reading