Chocolate in Peril

Right now, your chocolate depends on an ant, barriers to the movement of pathogens among regions, luck, and hard-working biologists. How did it get this way?

Follow the history of cacao from its origins in the Amazon and the Aztecs and Mayas use of cacao beans to make chocolate drinks, to an agricultural terrorist act that devastated Brazil's cacao crop and the current battle between ants protecting cacao in West Africa. Drawing from the story of cacao in Professor of Applied Ecology at NC State University Rob Dunn's latest book Never Out of Season, this new exhibit presents a visual narrative of humanity's relationship with cacao and the threats this important crop now faces.