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Xingwei Huang, MS Data Visualization, A Guilty Pleasure

A Guilty Pleasure aims to visualize how the monoculture cocoa industry is driving deforestation in the Ivory Coast. By drawing people’s attention to this issue, this thesis project reveals the bittersweet price we’ve paid for each pound of chocolate. Through bridges built between datasets, we can observe the cocoa industry’s conflicting role in tropical deforestation and its impact on local suppliers more closely.

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