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Vanilla Wars
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This is an excellent BBC article about the vanilla industry in Madagascar, which is the biggest producer of the vanilla bean used for flavor. I've learned more about vanilla, how its used, and grown, from this article than I have learned of it during my entire life. I highly recommend it to one and all. Its a real revelation from beginning to end. S22

Fighting the Vanilla Thieves of Madagascar

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Quote:Each vine that Leon prunes holds pods - also known as beans - that will eventually retail for more than $150 (£120), once they are dried.

To deter theft, all the farmers in the surrounding area are stamping their names, or sometimes serial numbers, on to individual pods while they’re still on the vine. Even when the pods are dried, the markings can be made out.

Leon was robbed before last year’s harvest - and it was devastating for his family. “I was working in my [nearby] rice field when they quickly took advantage in order to steal,” he says. “I was so sad, I even cried, because we lost everything. I didn’t have money to send the children to school. Our household has been experiencing hardship for a whole year.”
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