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Chocolate Crops to Become Endangered Species?

With the production of African cocoa beans in a serious decline, the future of chocolate is questionable. A crop that's naturally grown in the rainforest, two-thirds of the world's cocoa beans are now harvested in in West Africa. However, the African soil degrades quickly, shortening the lifespan of the plants to 30 years or so. The director of Ghana's Nature Conservation Research Council, John Mason, explains the situation:

I think that 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 way we farm is just not sustainable. I'm afraid by the time we wake up to that fact it will be too late. I've worked in Ghana for 25 years and I can show you huge areas that can no longer support a crop.

Drastic changes need to be made in order for the world to meet the chocolate demand. Together with international environment charity Earthwatch, Cadbury (which gets all of its cocoa beans from Ghana) is looking for a solution to the problem. I find this highly disturbing and can't imagine a world without chocolate. How about you? Will you start stockpiling chocolate now?

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looseseal looseseal 7 years
Do not waaaaaaaaaaaaant!!!!!
looseseal looseseal 7 years
Do not waaaaaaaaaaaaant!!!!!
tinacolada tinacolada 7 years
Oh no! That's so sad.I'm not a huge chocolate fan myself, but what will I do when I get in those moods where I want nothing but chocolate?!
tinacolada tinacolada 7 years
Oh no! That's so sad. I'm not a huge chocolate fan myself, but what will I do when I get in those moods where I want nothing but chocolate?!
CestlavieSJP CestlavieSJP 7 years
*Gasp! Please say it isn't so. I was never a big caviar fan, so I guess I will be spending my mula on chocolate.
bellacu bellacu 7 years
What will I do to cope with the bed news...if I can't eat chocolate...vicious cycle :(
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
That's tragic. First and foremost, for the Earth. Secondly, for my tastebuds.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 7 years
Is this going to affect carob crops as well? I have a huge weakness for chocolate but I would switch to carob if it would help renew the cocoa crops.
MandeeLei MandeeLei 7 years
Seriously do not even go there with me. I don't even want to think about this ever happening.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
This is horrible!! Both for the love of chocolate and for the love of the earth. We all need to wake up and do something STAT!
luxington luxington 7 years
That's awful. The only silver lining to this is at least the human rights abuses associated with chocolate farming will decrease.
cmill38 cmill38 7 years
this is terrible.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 7 years
sorry wasn't here is what i meant to say
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 7 years
I'm sad to say this but I really wish my daughter was here to see all of the horrible stuff that keeps arising in our world. We're supposed to be living in a better time. I don't see that and it makes me ache that my daughter might not have a better life than me. And I think that's one of a parents' worst fears. I guess all that I can do is to teach her about all the changes that must be done and pass them to her.
mlen mlen 7 years
how long does chocolate last for? i'll freeze tons of it!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I don't think I'd be able to stockpile it, actually! Every once in a while, I'll buy one of those big bags of chocolates. They're always all gone by the end of the day.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
that would be insane if chocolate crops were to become obsolete. it's interesting to think about it actually. places like Disney World in Orlando have been farming things hydroponically and i wonder if cocoa is one of those plants that you can be successful in doing that. hmm.... i don't think that i would stock pile it, i just wonder how generations in the future would like life if there wasn't as much chocolate.
dmartinxoxo dmartinxoxo 7 years
This is horrifying :(
amybdk amybdk 7 years
I'm getting a headache just thinking about it.
carlabunnie carlabunnie 7 years
I think we need to take a look at what we are doing to the earth. How much we destroy and pollute. We chop down forests and push animals out of their habitats, we over fish to the point that certain types of sea life are now scarce. Its no surprise that certain crops will no longer be available soon in our future. The soil is degrading and the number of bees is decreasing. We are headed for scary times.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
While not having chocolate is a concern, it is the least of the worries your generation will have. The current administration thinks that Global Warming is a myth and is doing nothing about it.
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 7 years
Thats extremely scary. So frightening the state of the earth. Is there any other region that is able to grow chocolate? Can it be grown in climate controlled greenhouse type structures? I wonder.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
Great, more good news. :(
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
Like I'm not stockpiling chocolate for many, many other reasons already?
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 7 years
I know this is sad, but this actually makes me more concerned for the earth than anything I have read.
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