Chocolate Lovers Beware! We Might Be Running Out Of Chocolate!
Our parents always told us we were eating too much chocolate, and it appears they were right. Two large chocolate makers, Barry Callebaut and Mars Inc., claim that cocoa farmers are producing less cocoa than the world is consuming. Cocoa deficits have been piling up for the last fifty years, and they are expected to grow according to the experts. This is terrifying news for chocoholic Igor Cornelsen.
Several issues are creating cocoa deficits. First, almost every country in the world loves chocolate. Next, the Chinese keep buying more and more chocolate, and dark chocolate, which contains a lot more cocoa, is on the rise around the globe. A regular chocolate bar contains ten percent cocoa, but a dark chocolate bar contains seventy percent.
Another issue, and probably the most important one, is the supply issue. West Africa’s dry weather is changing the dynamics of cocoa farming. More than seventy percent of the world’s cocoa is produced in Ghana and the Ivory Coast,and a fungus disease has wiped out thirty to forty percent of the global cocoa production.
Research teams in Africa are trying to cure production issues by developing trees than produce more cocoa beans than typical plants. But that fix could impact the great chocolate taste that got us into this delightful mess in the first place.