Is the World Running Out of Chocolate? New Report Says Yes
Just reading the above headline is enough to drive some to panic. The very thought of no more chocolate seems impossible, but a new report says not only is it possible, but if we don't change our ways, it is very probable. The bulk of the problem is because we eat more cocoa than is currently being produced by cocoa farmers, making a chocolate deficit very real. To put that into perspective, in 2013, the world ate 70,000 metric tons more than it produced.....whoa!
A fungal disease known as frosty pod has caused a drop in cocoa production by an estimated 30% to 40% in West Africa, forcing many cocoa farmers to abandon cocoa growth in favor of crops like corn.
Cocoa prices have climbed more than 60% in the last two years. Scientists are trying to create a tree that will produce seven times the amount of cocoa beans a traditional tree can......we'll see if that happens because the new trees will probably grow a much less flavorful bean, and who the heck wants that???
Cheaper and more abundant cocoa isn't worth it if the taste goes away, but that still might be better than no chocolate at all, right?