The Globalization of Ceremonial Tree: The Case of Cacao (Theobroma Cacao)among the Mopan Maya

Steinberg, Micheal K (2002) The Globalization of Ceremonial Tree: The Case of Cacao (Theobroma Cacao)among the Mopan Maya. Economic Botany, 56 (1). pp. 58-65.

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    Abstract

    The uses, perceptions and economic significance of cacao have radically changed in the past 25 years among the Mopan Maya in southern Belize. Cacao was once perceived as a ceremonial crop with little cash value. Over the past 25 years though, cacao has become the most important cash crop grown by the Mopan Maya. The Mopan Maya grow organic cacao that has allowed them to tap into a specialized, high-ended chocolate market. However, the emergence of cacao as an important cash crop has latered traditional uses and created conflicts in villages where increasing acreage of reservation lands are planted with cacao, thereby assigning a commercial value to previously communal lands.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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      Publisher: The New York Botanical Garden Press
      Keywords: Cacao, Organically grown; Maya Gold, Mopan Maya
      Subjects: (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2014 08:54
      Last Modified: 12 Mar 2014 08:54
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1425

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