Chocolate lovers unite because we may soon be facing a crisis together
Ermahgerd, we may be on the verge of a chocolate shortage.
A new study has given us some terrible news about the future of chocolate. According to the research done by Hardman Agribusiness comically titled Destruction by Chocolate, we may be facing a cacao shortage very, very soon.
The study explained that because new countries such as China, Indonesia, India and Brazil, have entered the chocolate confectionary market, the demand for the cacao crop is at all-time high. Managing Director of the company Doug Hawkins elaborated.
“Unlike other tree crops that have benefited from the development of modern, high yielding cultivars and crop management techniques to realise their genetic potential, more than 90% of the global cocoa crop is produced by smallholders on subsistence farms with unimproved planting material.”
He explained that Asian cacao production is in a spiral of decline, African production is sustainable, and only in the Americas is it is growing. And then he dropped the biggest truth bomb of all.
“All the indicators are that we could be looking at a chocolate deficit of 100,000 tonnes a year in the next few years.”