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Climate Change Could Cause Chocolate Shortage

A new report from the levitra endurance International Center for Tropical Agriculture. a funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, found that West Africa, where half of the world's cocoa supply comes from, is becoming less and less suitable for cocoa production as climate change brings higher temperatures and changing rainfall patterns.

The report says that between 2030 and 2050 land suitable for cocoa production will be slashed dramatically, with production having to move to less suitable areas.  This change will make a huge impact on the worldwide industry and hurt the local farmers who rely on cocoa crops for their livelihood.

Global demand for chocolate has been quickly rising as developing nations like China import more of it.  The growing demand and drop in production will mean much higher prices for chocolate.

The study proposes finding new heat and drought resistant crops that could thrive in West Africa, while helping to transition cocoa production to more suitable areas.

via Think Progress

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A problem?
written by Carl, September 30, 2011
It is highly doubtful if climate change is the cause of reducing production. Rather, it would more likely be inappropriate expansion of levitra pfizer india plantations into areas which are marginally less suitable.

There are several solutions. The obvious one is to non generic viagra expand cropping in similar climates elsewhere. There are vast areas in PNG, Vanuatu, Irian Jaya, Sumatra which have suitable climates. This would have the effect of introducing competition into the supply chain as well and cialis online pharmacy would help to keep the price of cocoa down.

Another alternative is to genetically modify the crop or isolate the genes in the cocoa plant so that they can be inserted into another more tolerant plant.

Another possibility is to create synthetic cocoa. Bacteria could be modified to secrete cocoa precursors. It doesn't really matter where chocolate comes from, as long as it is chocolate.

As it is currently, most of the chocolate sold to consumers could hardly be called real chocolate anyway, since it is adulterated by industrial manufacturing processes which aim to eke maximum profits.
Comment to A Problem?
written by Eco Bay, October 02, 2011
I have to agree with Carl's comments. Like here for farming there is likely a shortage in suitable farming land for cocoa.

And so true that the chocolate we consume isn't really chocolate!
Latitude shift
written by Anonymole, October 03, 2011
By 2050 we'll be able to canadian pharmacy grow lots of tropical produce, pineapples, macadamia nuts, cocoa, papaya, mango, etc. up here above the 40th parallel. I look forward to my own avocado tree. The great shift has begun.
What will this area grow next?
written by renewable guy, October 03, 2011
If you have read the real viagra without prescription other articles that cover this in greater depth, the African area will be out of business in chocolate. The people that can least afford climate change get hit the hardest. It takes money for the Africans to change to different crop. To take this even wider than chocolate, lets say coffee. THe coffee plants will have to go higher up on the mountains due to climate change. Eventually the coffee plants will have to leave the area due to unfriendly climate change to it. Multiply this times the number of sensitive crops in the world and you are talking mutiple billions of tramadol online cod payment dollars of adaptation.
Slave chocolate
written by Mark Hawthorne, October 03, 2011
Few people realize that child slavery has been found in the cocoa plantations of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. It's an issue I wish more ethical eaters were talking about, and it's made me do a bit of homework before I buy chocolate. Fortunately, volunteers with a nonprofit called Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) have been taking the cheap cialis no prescription time to contact companies directly and find out where their cocoa comes from. F.E.P. even has a list of recommended companies. People can learn more at
written by zane, October 04, 2011
i think that the cocoa production is we recommend super cialis outrageous and that we do super cialis not have much land suitable for the cocoa to grow in and the land is slowly growing smaller, then eventually all the cocoa will disappear and then all the chocolate all over the world will be gone..
Implications - and not just for chocolate
written by Maria, October 05, 2011
I would have to agree with "renewable guy" here on the broadness of the implications of climate change / global warming.

Because of buying levitra online the term, many people believe 'global warming' would simply generally lead to click now levitra 30 mg a "warming" or increase in temperatures. This is only part of the big picture. There are more scary, wide-spread and generic viagra india severe consequences that would arise from weather change, shifts in rainfall patterns, stronger level storms (hurricanes, tornadoes, snow storms, floods, drought, ...) and more frequent occurrences of such radical weather.

This would wreak havoc on ALL types of ecosystems. It would make hot and arid places flood, or snow melt in colder areas several weeks ahead of time, or cause drought in a rainy lush green area. Do you see why this can not be solved with a genetic mutation or modification? Or 'synthetic food'? Climate change / global warming will increase faster with time - or geometrically. The more the atmospheric temperature increases, the faster it will increase and the faster changes will occur: a snowball effect. So - By the time we figure out what mutation or modification or adaptation to make, we would already be in big trouble.

Another important thing related to climate that people tend to forget: it is ot only the temperature that is shifting, but an ENTIRE ECOSYSTEM. This means that the insects will also shift or migrate based on what temperature, humidity, etc suits them. One of the major obstacles to succesful farming and crop cultivation - without which we would starve to death - is PESTS. We have long battled insects / 'pests' for our food. Insects tend to breed more and spread more with increased temperatures. Some insects that are not naturally found in colder (or higher up or lower down the equator) areas, do not have natural predators.

We should really look at the big picture. There is a balance that should not be tipped.

I think this article is interesting because it targets something we love - Chocolate - to show us one small possible impact of global warming. It takes the topic close to the heart of readers.

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written by imy, October 19, 2011
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