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Chocolate Meltdown: World to Run Out of Cocoa by 2020


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#16 exotoxic

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 01:54

There will be a chocolate shortage and there isn't a solution to the problem.

 

 

Plant more trees. Those "experts" don't know anything.




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Posted 10 October 2013 - 02:00

Who likes capitalism now?

 

 

You're right. Let's turn our economies in communist ones. It's not like they have any issues...



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 02:00

AFAIK, Cocoa trees only can survive and flourish in certain regions.



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 02:01

Plant more trees. Those "experts" don't know anything.

 

 

They are saying the demand is too high to supply. They can't just plant more trees.



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 02:04

Scientists are probably working on genetically modified Cocoa trees that yield more beans too... not that I like the sound of that.



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 02:05

This is how you drive prices of a product Up. Fear mongering is enough.

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 02:11

Good thing i'm not a fan of chocolate.



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 02:12

AFAIK, Cocoa trees only can survive and flourish in certain regions.

Indeed, and climate change is dramatically reducing the amount of suitable land. There isn't really an issue though, as consumers will simply migrate to alternative products. Chocolate will become a luxury treat rather than a daily snack. New products will be created as a result, like Nutella was during the cocoa shortage caused by World War II.



#24 Andre S.

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 02:28



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 03:29

I do agree that it is silly. I am not sure but is coco trees grown in in a certain area and climate range. If so an if it is a small area and there are no more suitable areas on earth then in order to double the supply they would need another earth which would have the same amount of suitable growing area. It none of that is true then they are crazy.

 

So I did a quick search and found that the tree grows in tropical areas and is picky. Here are some links

https://www.cadbury....-Countries.aspx

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs307

 

Oh yea, by the way Hersey has been trying to stop using chocolate in their chocolate for a while now. Whaaa? They add PGPR to their chcocolate bars and use less cocoa. I remember reading some where that they tried to get the FDA to accept PGPR as chocolate so that they did not have to use cocoa at all but the FDA will not allow a product to be labeled as chocolate unless it has a certain amount of cocoa in in. Interesting fact. PGPR is made from castor beans which are contain ricin which is a poison. Here are some links but the blog articles obviously are not scientific studies. Either way it is a good read and to know. Think about that the next time you shove a Hersey bar in your mouth. lol

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricin

http://www.earthyrep...your-chocolate/

http://becausenoonea...009/12/27/pgpr/

http://trylivingorga...-chocolate-bar/



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:26

So ? Synthesize chocolate.



#27 MightyJordan

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:02

Source: Daily Star

 

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 12:25

Just like Twinkies...chocolate is not going away.



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 12:28

2020 seems to be a very popular year. Everything seems to be happening then  :rofl:



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 12:44

So we now know what the wars of the 2020's will be fought over.