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Will Chocolate Become The New Caviar? (Chocolate supply may dry up in 20 yrs)
NPR ^ | November 8, 2010 | Eyder Peralta

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.

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1 posted on 11/09/2010 5:26:35 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief; 50mm; shibumi

Get the cyanide pills ready...here it comes.

;-D


2 posted on 11/09/2010 5:27:25 AM PST by Salamander (Can't sleep......the clowns will eat me.)
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To: maggief

Great. Peak Chocolate. Now what?


3 posted on 11/09/2010 5:28:38 AM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: maggief

Oh well... I haven’t had chocolate in years.


4 posted on 11/09/2010 5:28:53 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: maggief

Let the Stockpiling begin! Guns, Gold, Ghirardelli....


5 posted on 11/09/2010 5:29:22 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: maggief

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.


6 posted on 11/09/2010 5:29:24 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: maggief

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.”


7 posted on 11/09/2010 5:29:44 AM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: maggief

This is about the stupidest thing I have ever read.


8 posted on 11/09/2010 5:30:13 AM PST by bkepley
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To: maggief

I just had a Mr. Goodbar miniature.


9 posted on 11/09/2010 5:32:04 AM PST by Daveinyork
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To: maggief

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.
; )


10 posted on 11/09/2010 5:32:15 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (Had enough, yet?)
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To: maggief

mf,
You are really starting to REESE me off;)


11 posted on 11/09/2010 5:32:49 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: Thorliveshere
It’s 2010. We still have bananas.

We still don't have no bananas?

12 posted on 11/09/2010 5:33:01 AM PST by SeeSharp
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To: bkepley

“This is about the stupidest thing I have ever read.”

....I agree...it’s classic NPR!


13 posted on 11/09/2010 5:33:01 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: maggief

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.


14 posted on 11/09/2010 5:33:08 AM PST by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

ping :)


15 posted on 11/09/2010 5:33:13 AM PST by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: maggief

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.


16 posted on 11/09/2010 5:33:17 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: maggief; Diana in Wisconsin

I guess Diana in Wisconsin will no longer care if we save the planet or not.


17 posted on 11/09/2010 5:33:48 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: maggief
The report explains that African farmers are abandoning their cocoa farms for other products that are easier to grow and easier to monetize.

OMG, this is why we need slavery.

18 posted on 11/09/2010 5:34:09 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: maggief
Supply and Demand Test, Question #1:

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.

19 posted on 11/09/2010 5:34:55 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: maggief

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?


20 posted on 11/09/2010 5:35:19 AM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: exDemMom
I guess this author has never heard of the concept.

Sadly, that's probably the actual truth.

21 posted on 11/09/2010 5:35:45 AM PST by Grn_Lantern (Let's go to work....)
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To: Salamander

Doesn’t effect me. Now if there’s a shortage of habaneros I’ll start to worry.


22 posted on 11/09/2010 5:36:56 AM PST by 50mm (I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.)
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To: maggief

I thought this was a “serious” matter until I noticed the source. **NPR**

BS BS BS BS BS BS BS

hee hee hee hee

What fools.


23 posted on 11/09/2010 5:37:13 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: maggief
The report explains that African farmers are abandoning their cocoa farms for other products that are easier to grow and easier to monetize.

I knew this had to come from a pinko source. They obviously have never heard of supply and demand.

24 posted on 11/09/2010 5:38:18 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: maggief

The free market will certainly take care of that.


25 posted on 11/09/2010 5:38:45 AM PST by Broker (No RETREAT)
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To: SeeSharp

Yes, we have no bananas! Hahaha!


26 posted on 11/09/2010 5:39:01 AM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: 50mm

Good.

More for me.

:-P


27 posted on 11/09/2010 5:39:53 AM PST by Salamander (Can't sleep......the clowns will eat me.)
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To: bkepley
Cacao plants have already been hit hard by a disease. (SEE: >http://www.confectionerynews.com/Formulation/Plant-diseases-threaten-global-chocolate-production)

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?

28 posted on 11/09/2010 5:40:28 AM PST by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: maggief
The report explains that African farmers are abandoning their cocoa farms for other products that are easier to grow and easier to monetize.

And when cocoa becomes scarce and expensive the farmers will start growing it again.

29 posted on 11/09/2010 5:40:48 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: maggief

More media propaganda most likely inserted by someone who stands to profit from the panic.


30 posted on 11/09/2010 5:41:05 AM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
It's not supply and demand ~ there's currently a shortage. See: >http://www.confectionerynews.com/Formulation/Plant-diseases-threaten-global-chocolate-production
31 posted on 11/09/2010 5:41:32 AM PST by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: Vaquero

It needs to be between 400 and 800 meters in elevation and needs to grow in the shade with LOTS of water.


32 posted on 11/09/2010 5:41:46 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Texas Fossil

The source is “The Independent,” which is FR restricted. (I don’t know if it’s any better than NPR.)


33 posted on 11/09/2010 5:42:21 AM PST by maggief
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To: SeeSharp

Yes! We still don’t gotta no bananas!


34 posted on 11/09/2010 5:42:28 AM PST by ArtDodger (Reread Animal Farm (with your kids))
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To: 50mm

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.


35 posted on 11/09/2010 5:44:21 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: SE Mom

Terrifying thought: a hurricane without chocolate.


36 posted on 11/09/2010 5:44:37 AM PST by NautiNurse (ObamaCare uses Bernie Madoff theory of economics)
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To: exDemMom
The plants are dying. That's the problem. This has nothing whatsoever to do with biofuels. Plus, chocolate will be saved if and only if the magicians who utilize Genetic Modification techniques do the job.

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!

37 posted on 11/09/2010 5:45:11 AM PST by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: ArtDodger

...and one too many Obamas!


38 posted on 11/09/2010 5:45:39 AM PST by domeika
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To: muawiyah

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.


39 posted on 11/09/2010 5:46:01 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: maggief

For NPR, the laws of supply and demand are a riddle wrapped in an enigma.


40 posted on 11/09/2010 5:47:20 AM PST by denydenydeny (Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak-Adams)
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To: Straight Vermonter
When it comes to supply and demand Swiss chocolate companies ordinarily maintain a 10 year supply in reserve.

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.

41 posted on 11/09/2010 5:48:21 AM PST by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: maggief

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).


42 posted on 11/09/2010 5:48:44 AM PST by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: NautiNurse

A sobering thought, isn’t it? Maybe we can rent a warehouse in Lakeland- half way between us.. and start stockpiling?


43 posted on 11/09/2010 5:53:23 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: maggief

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.


44 posted on 11/09/2010 5:59:01 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: maggief; All
Dammit! This is the last straw. These damn Africans kill endangered chimps, kill elephants for their ivory and bugger green monkeys bringing HIV/AIDS into the human virus folio, now they're toying with chocolate.

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!

45 posted on 11/09/2010 6:01:55 AM PST by j.argese (Boycott Nevada.)
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To: maggief

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.


46 posted on 11/09/2010 6:06:01 AM PST by Marylander
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To: muawiyah

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.


47 posted on 11/09/2010 6:08:08 AM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: maggief
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.

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...

48 posted on 11/09/2010 6:09:18 AM PST by Will88
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To: maggief

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.


49 posted on 11/09/2010 6:18:34 AM PST by FourPeas (Pester not the geek, for the electrons are his friends.)
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To: maggief

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.


50 posted on 11/09/2010 6:20:19 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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