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The Amazon Is Going To Be Saved By Chocolate Forests! Find Out More…

Leslie Tander

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Chocolate lovers all over the world are certainly going to want to sit down before they hear this news. It is a lot to take in! As someone who needs to have a chocolate stash in their home at all times, this news hit me in my feel zone. The chocolate industry is not immune to bad news, though. There are all sorts of reports that are designed to make us feel bad about our consumption.

It takes a heartless person to hear about the role of child labor in chocolate production and not think twice about chowing down on a candy bar. Fair trade chocolates need to be purchased whenever possible. Otherwise, you could be spending your money on items that have been produced under adverse circumstances. West African parks are currently being destroyed to make room for more cruelty based farms.

This does not sit well with us and it should not sit well with you, either. However, the nation of Brazil made a recent announcement that should have everyone applauding. Chocolate lovers everywhere, rejoice! The cattle ranchers of Brazil are coming together to make life easier for chocolate consumers everywhere. They are going to utilize their additional land to help the cause. Chocolate forests are being created as we speak and we are overjoyed.

Instead of letting their used up pastures fall by the wayside, this land is now going to be utilized. These ranchers are finally taking a more responsible approach. This is a fantastic piece of news. These are the ranchers who have caused so much deforestation already. The trees in this rainforest are responsible for the production of much of the world’s oxygen. 

20 percent of the oxygen that is consumed on this planet is derived from this rainforest. The deforestation that is taking place is frightening. Environmental regulations have been passed, in hopes of keeping these farmers from being able to continue their hurtful tactics. We are glad that someone is finally stepping up to the plate to put a stop to these actions. 

If no one is willing to protect the environment, the entire human race can be placed in jeopardy. The cows who consume the grass on these farmlands are also responsible for environmental depletion. Their needs certainly have to be considered as well. That’s why the ranchers of this region have decided that it is time to move in a more positive direction going forward.

Any move towards chocolate is a positive one, to be quite honest. This is a credo to live by. When lands are used in a manner that allows for greenery to grow, this is highly beneficial to the greater good. As a society, we need to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to keep forests from being cut down to make room for more inhumane production of human resources.

It is our responsibility to make sure that we are preserving the Earth for our children and their children. These chocolate forests are a great way to ensure the health of the planet, while steering the world of chocolate production away from the usage of child labor. The Amazon Fund is also offering financial incentives to farmers who are willing to plant their own chocolate forests.

Over $5 million in grants has been offered already and we hope that there is more to come. This is also good news for the farmers who are making the switch. The production of cocoa is far more profitable. This allows farmers to cease their practices, while remaining financially solvent. It is not often that we get to help the environment and our bottom line. Please be sure to pass this good news along to the choco-holics in your life! 

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Surprise! 13-Foot Burmese Python Found in Unusual Spot in Florida

Leslie Tander

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What’s the most surprising thing you’ve come across on the road? Maybe you found a spare tire on the road before or perhaps even some clothes.

You can find all sorts of things over the course of your many travels along America’s roads, although it will be pretty hard to top what one man stumbled upon.

Nick Bishop, a native of Los Angeles, was traveling through Florida together with a friend when they spotted something peculiar. What they saw was a large shadow that looked like it was being cast by a big log.

According to this article from Story Trender, Bishop knew right away that it was not just a log that they were looking at however. Bishop, who goes by the nickname “Nick The Wrangler” and was actually in Florida at the time to look for diamondback rattlesnakes, said that he knew right away that there was a python nearby.

Still, Bishop did admit that he did not expect to find the python when he did. He noted that he did not expect pythons to move that far away from where they usually reside. At the time Bishop saw the python, he said that he was about 30 miles away from where those animals are typically found.

Bishop could not afford to stand in awe of the snake for too long though. He knew that there was a vehicle closing in and that he would have to act quickly if he wanted to save the python from a potentially gruesome fate.

A Dance with the Python

Bishop knew he had to act quickly if he was going to move the python to a safe location. That’s why he decided to take matters into his own hands.

This article from The Daily Mail features a video showing Bishop as he attempts to wrangle the enormous Burmese python.

In the video, you can see that Bishop immediately goes for the python’s tail. The python then responds with hostility to Bishop’s actions by hissing in his direction.

Undeterred, Bishop keeps trying to lift the python off the ground in order to get it to safety. The python is not very cooperative though and even lunges at Bishop with its fangs.

Bishop continues with his efforts to wrangle the python and he eventually wears the animal out. With the snake visibly exhausted, he grabs the head and finally places the python under his control. He celebrates his triumph over the python by giving it a kiss on the head.

The snake wrangler goes on to describe his encounter with the wayward Burmese python as one of the most exciting moments of his life. He also regards it as a gift from Mother Nature.

Following his encounter with the python, Bishop handed the animal over to the authorities so that it could be cared for properly.

Learning More about the Python

Surprisingly enough, the 13-foot serpent Bishop saw that day may actually be on the smaller side. Per National Geographic, some Burmese pythons can grow to over 23 feet in terms of length and weigh over 200 pounds.

When they are younger, Burmese pythons like to spend their time high up in the trees. That becomes more difficult for them as they mature however.

Burmese pythons usually eat birds and small mammals. They prey upon those animals by first suffocating them. Thanks to their stretchable jaws, a Burmese python can fit its suffocated prey entirely into its mouth.

Sadly, Burmese pythons are still being hunted down for their skin and flesh. They are also having a harder time finding places to live. Because of that, Burmese pythons have ended up on the threatened species list.

Hopefully, more people like Nick Bishop will show care for Burmese pythons so that they can thrive once more.

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Tales From the Road – Strange Photos Captured While Driving!

Lea Lomas

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J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.” Take a drive down the road and you never know what you might come across! Thanks to the prevalence of camera phones, we now have documentation of all the wild and weird stuff humans get up to while they are out and about. 

Keep on reading for 20 tales from the road and the strange images that tell their story!

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Hollywood Stars From Yesteryear: Where Are They Now?

Leslie Tander

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The movie industry is a fast-paced machine that is always bringing in new talent and leaving old talent behind. If you kept a close eye on Hollywood during the 70s and 80s, you probably saw stars rise and fall out of nowhere. Today, we are going to take a trip back in time to see just what happened to our favorite famous faces from the 70s and 80s!

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