You would never know when looking at it, but vanilla happens to be one of the most volatile spices on the global market. On the whole, natural vanilla bean extract makes up only 1% of the vanilla flavour on the global market with the majority of vanilla flavouring coming from synthetically-produced vanillin. Some 1,700 to 1,800 tonnes of demand for natural vanilla is projected for 2020. Around 65% of that will come from the Northeastern region of Madagascar, where the rise and fall of vanilla’s price takes a very real toll on the fates and fortunes of the local community. Listen to our AudioArticle on Vanilla Beans: The Cost of Production.Article by Samanta OonRead by Aran ShaunakGraphics by Eloise AdlerSound Design by Jane Alice LiuRead the full article: Vanilla Beans | The Cost of Production Listen to FoodUnfolded AudioArticles on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you download your favourite podcasts.
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