Skip to comments.Will Chocolate Become The New Caviar? (Chocolate supply may dry up in 20 yrs)
Posted on 11/09/2010 5:26:34 AM PST by maggief
The Independent in Britain has a startling report for chocolate lovers:
John Mason, executive director and founder of the Ghana-based Nature Conservation Research Council, has forecast that shortages in bulk production (of cocoa) in Africa will have a devastating effect: "In 20 years chocolate will be like caviar. It will become so rare and so expensive that the average Joe just won't be able to afford it."
The report explains that African farmers are abandoning their cocoa farms for other products that are easier to grow and easier to monetize. Palm oil, for example, is in greater demand because it's being used as biofuel. So, as the cocoa trees die out, farmers are planting something else.
(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...
Get the cyanide pills ready...here it comes.
Great. Peak Chocolate. Now what?
Oh well... I haven’t had chocolate in years.
Let the Stockpiling begin! Guns, Gold, Ghirardelli....
So cocoa production is down due to biofuels? I think it’s safe to say that millions on enviro-whakos out there are apoplectic about this news. The granola munching hippies are going to single-handedly destroy chocolate as we know it.
Back in 2000 I remember a report coming out how bananas will be wiped out by disease by 2010.
It’s 2010. We still have bananas.
So, I’ll file this report where I filed the banana report. “Unconcerned.”
This is about the stupidest thing I have ever read.
I just had a Mr. Goodbar miniature.
Yeah... and we were suppose to be out of helium by now, too.
But since the world is ending in 2 years, the chocolate shortage will have no effect.
You are really starting to REESE me off;)
We still don't have no bananas?
“This is about the stupidest thing I have ever read.”
....I agree...it’s classic NPR!
Would it grow in Florida/Arizona/CA/S.Texas with adaquate irrigation???
I really dont care though...as I love chocolate but have grown allergic to it.
There’s a little thing called “supply and demand.” Cacao isn’t bringing in the top market prices now, and farmers are responding by changing to other crops. When the cacao supply falls enough, the correspondingly higher prices will encourage more farmers to plant cacao trees.
I guess this author has never heard of the concept.
I guess Diana in Wisconsin will no longer care if we save the planet or not.
OMG, this is why we need slavery.
What is wrong with these two statements read together?
[Chocolate]will become so rare and so expensive that the average Joe just won't be able to afford it.
The report explains that African farmers are abandoning their cocoa farms for other products that are easier to grow and easier to monetize.
BOHICA, NPR is going for the jugular of its feminine base, but what is the real message?
Did they just say “Bio-Fuel Production” is more profitable than Coco?
OMG, the free market that would have supported Coco has been destroyed by subsidized Bio-Fuel production. Can anyone say Sugar, Cotton, Corn, Beef, Pork, Chicken... You get it, does NPR?