Climate Change Could Cause Chocolate Shortage

Written by Megan Treacy

A new report from the 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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