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?
Sadly, that's probably the actual truth.
Doesn’t effect me. Now if there’s a shortage of habaneros I’ll start to worry.
I thought this was a “serious” matter until I noticed the source. **NPR**
BS BS BS BS BS BS BS
hee hee hee hee
I knew this had to come from a pinko source. They obviously have never heard of supply and demand.
The free market will certainly take care of that.
Yes, we have no bananas! Hahaha!
More for me.
I believe more than half of them are gone (that's those "dead trees" the guy mentioned).
GM processes will be used to bring back cacao trees of course, but the people who do not allow the importation, propagation or consumption of GM (that is, "Franken Food") will be left without as the old nonimmune cacao plants die.
Knowing that then why does this writer blame the problem on biofuel?
And when cocoa becomes scarce and expensive the farmers will start growing it again.
More media propaganda most likely inserted by someone who stands to profit from the panic.
It needs to be between 400 and 800 meters in elevation and needs to grow in the shade with LOTS of water.
The source is “The Independent,” which is FR restricted. (I don’t know if it’s any better than NPR.)
Yes! We still don’t gotta no bananas!
Don’t worry about the habaneros, we can grow all we can consume here in TX. Along with jalapenos and picos (if you are man enough).
My favorite are jaloro (a yellow jalapeno). I have a plant in my sun room that is 3 years old and still producing peppers, when it feels like it.
Terrifying thought: a hurricane without chocolate.
You have the scared nillies in Europe stopping half the world from growing GM crops. They do that by telling Africans and Asians that if they grow one GM crop ALL their food exports will be rejected for sale in Europe.
Did NPR note that chocolate originated in the Americas!
...and one too many Obamas!
You don’t think that a high price for chocolate would cause investment dollars to flow in to find a solution to the problem?
That is how supply and demand works.
For NPR, the laws of supply and demand are a riddle wrapped in an enigma.
You'd better believe the big bucks are already being laid down to solve the problem and create a new cultivar for worldwide planting.
In the meantime the plants are dying.
Don’t think chocolate will become the new caviar; perhaps with gold at $1418 at a mere ounce and the need to reign in out of control govt spending, the dollar should be tied to the cocoa standard. Its running at 9 cents per ounce ($2800 per ton in futures market).
A sobering thought, isn’t it? Maybe we can rent a warehouse in Lakeland- half way between us.. and start stockpiling?
Evidently “Anthea Gerrie” (the author of the article in the Independent) is a Jewish Travel Writer and at times gives food reviews.
Not sure where her info comes from for the phrase “startling report”. But the article is none the less, rubbish.
As a previous comment stated there may be an issue with plant disease, which is usually a local thing. And most times those things are controlable.
I can live the rest of my life without looking at, hearing about or knowing another African exists but do not, I repeat DO NOT, interfere with my cocoa supply!
I used to love chocolate, but no longer. After it became acknowledged as a health food, it began to taste like medicine. Now I usually avoid it.
Mexico grows both chocolate and vanilla. Lucky people.
I’ve had Mexican hot chocolate— yum!
However, we might end up with Mexican Chocolate Lords to go along with the drug lords.
The biofuel nonsense of turning food crops into fuel will have dramatic effects on the cost of food until more practical fuel sources are developed. And the fact that the US government is subsidizing this nonsense here...
When I was 5, I was told there would be no pigs when I grew up because the population was growing too fast.
When I was 7, I was told there would be no clean water when I grew up because we were polluting our waters.
When I was 10, I was told there would be no big trucks when I grew up because we were using oil too fast.
When I was 16, I was told there would be no more petroleum when I grew up because we were using petroleum too much.
So, now I’m being told there will be no chocolate in 20 years. I think I’m beginning to detect a pattern here.
At the end of the day, I can’t get too worked up about this even if the plants go extinct. Its just chocolate. And besides, Americans will find a way to create some synthetic chocolate or something brown with the same texture that is loaded with sugar.