The world may soon run out of chocolate because makers can’t produce the gooey goodness as fast as people are downing it.
Things are so bad, it’s estimated by 2030 the shortage could reach as much as 2 million metric tons per annum. The Washington Post reports, “dry weather in West Africa has greatly decreased production in the region.” The paper continues, “a nasty fungal disease known as frosty pod hasn't helped either.”
The president of GreenHaven Commodity Services, Ashmead Pringle, told Bloomberg, “a lot of the world population is moving to the middle class and will have more money to spend, in particular, in emerging markets and Asia.”
There is also worry that trees engineered to provide up to 700% more cocoa than normal will provide a poor tasting product.
Bloomberg’s Mark Schatzker writes the product is "as tasteless as today’s store-bought tomatoes, yet another food, along with chicken and strawberries, that went from flavorful to forgettable on the road to plenitude."
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