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Global chocolate crisis?
KTNV ^ | 11/11/2010

Posted on 11/11/2010 5:38:57 AM PST by markomalley

Experts say the world could be running out of chocolate.

The economics of cocoa cultivation make chocolate production a labor and time-intensive process. Much of the world's cocoa comes from West Africa, but farmers there say they just don't have the incentives to keep growing the crop. The process takes up to five years per plant and many farmers can say they can earn more with other crops.

The price of chocolate rose to a three-decade high in August. "In 20 years chocolate will be like caviar," John Mason, executive director of the Ghana-based Nature Conservation Research Council, told Britain's Independent.

If that happens- chocolate will still be available but expect to find low-quality options or chocolate substitutes like carob.

A price spike in 2008 caused Hershey to change some of it's recipes to a point that some of its candies couldn't even be legally called chocolate.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chocolate; cocoa
Sorry, ladies
1 posted on 11/11/2010 5:39:00 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

If the price of chocolate goes up, market forces will make it worth growing cocoa beans again.


2 posted on 11/11/2010 5:41:48 AM PST by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: markomalley

Sheer horror!


3 posted on 11/11/2010 5:43:31 AM PST by Carbonsteel
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To: markomalley

One of the advantages of being a guy - chocolate is just another food.


4 posted on 11/11/2010 5:44:22 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: markomalley

"I cudda waited for news like this"

5 posted on 11/11/2010 5:44:46 AM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: agere_contra
This could be nothing more than a cocoa trader from last summer engineering some news stories while trying to make some money:

Mystery trader buys all Europe's cocoa

6 posted on 11/11/2010 5:45:50 AM PST by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: agere_contra
There are no short term market forces in chocolate ~ Nestle, et al, have at any one time a ten year supply stashed away.

There is, on the other hand, a long term threat to chocolate ~ two different diseases are killing off the plants. The farmers are not replanting because the plants will simply die.

Someone has come up with the idea that they can use cacao problems to peddle yet more propaganda against "organic fuels".

No doubt modern chemistry will toss up a reasonable substitute or a solution to the spread of the disease killing the plants.

7 posted on 11/11/2010 5:47:25 AM PST by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: Carbonsteel

My wife will riot!


8 posted on 11/11/2010 5:50:17 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: C210N

The story is probably true about the trades, but the motive is wrong. There are three fungal diseases slowly destroying cacao plants worldwide. A government agency many here at Free Republic have demanded be abolished has studied the matter in depth since chocolate is such an important part of our processed foods industry employing millions of people ~ see: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/ar/archive/nov99/cacao1199.htm


9 posted on 11/11/2010 5:57:39 AM PST by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: markomalley

I saw this last night and told my husband to buy big on cocoa when he goes to the grocery the next time. My bunker will have cocoa if nothing else.

COCOA not GOLD!


10 posted on 11/11/2010 6:01:35 AM PST by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: agere_contra
If the price of chocolate goes up, market forces will make it worth growing cocoa beans again.

Stop! You are making sense! That is not allowed in our sophisticated, socialist modern culture!

11 posted on 11/11/2010 6:02:14 AM PST by Liberty1970 ("Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you." - RoadTest)
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To: markomalley

As long as we don’t run out of Taliban dope.

America can live without Chocolate , but we need that Taliban and Mexican dope to keep us going.

(Sarcasm in case you missed it.)


12 posted on 11/11/2010 6:29:25 AM PST by Venturer
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To: markomalley
"In 20 years chocolate will be like caviar,"

It'll never happen.

You heard it here first.

13 posted on 11/11/2010 6:32:47 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Ruh roh.

Rioting in the streets of Wisconsin?

:-)

14 posted on 11/11/2010 6:36:29 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: markomalley

I daresay someone better get on this. Imagine, millions of hormonal women without chocolate. There will be h3ll to pay... I always said the best way to end a war is to send some really well armed, hormonal ticked off women in and let nature take its course. There will be peace and quiet!


15 posted on 11/11/2010 6:50:31 AM PST by momincombatboots (In a few months I will be Ore..Gone! Look out Crater Lake, here we come!)
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To: markomalley

Best not tell my husband..he’s a bigger chocoholic than I am.


16 posted on 11/11/2010 7:06:00 AM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: momincombatboots

It’s not just women. How will Glenn Beck face Soros’ New World Order without his M & M’s?


17 posted on 11/11/2010 7:16:32 AM PST by sportutegrl (Why are they called Musketeers if they fight with swords?)
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To: markomalley

Michelle was gonna have it outlawed anyway.

…but not for her…


18 posted on 11/11/2010 7:25:52 AM PST by PATRIOT1876 (Language, Borders, Culture, Full employment for those here legally)
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To: markomalley
Multiple wars dragging on - I've been able to handle so far

Financial crisis in 2008 - I've been able to handle so far

Marxists running the White House and Congress - I've been able to handle so far

Federal Reserve destroying my 401K by debasing the dollar ultimately collapsing it - I've been able to handle so far

but the world running out of chocolate? - BY GAWD IT'S TIME TO GO POSTAL AND RIOT !!!

19 posted on 11/11/2010 8:32:33 AM PST by OB1kNOb (I glory in the afterglow of watching a defeated Blanche Lincoln cry during her concession speech.)
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To: traderrob6

I will riot!


20 posted on 11/11/2010 4:12:32 PM PST by Carbonsteel
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To: Carbonsteel

You and her brother, the cocoa riots of 2011!


21 posted on 11/11/2010 4:21:08 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: Lakeshark

Munching on some Cote D’Or Orange Noir 70% Belgian Dark Chocolate tonight. :)

But I AM rationing it, LOL!


22 posted on 11/11/2010 6:17:12 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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