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Climate Change Likely to Hit Chocolate

Climate Change Likely to Hit Chocolate

Like chocolate? You may want to enjoy it now, before climate change renders it an unaffordable luxury.

As temperatures rise, suitable growing regions for cocoa will become smaller and less available, according to a recent study released by International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). As soon as 2030, cocoa plants are predicted to take a hit.

Nearly half of the world’s chocolate comes from West African farmers in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). For many of the smallholder farmers in these regions, cocoa is the primary source of income. “The [cocoa] trees play an absolutely critical role in rural life,” says CIAT’s Dr. Peter Laderach, the report’s lead author.

While theoretically farmers could follow the ideal growing climate to higher altitudes, that’s not much of an option in these regions. “The problem is that much of West Africa is relatively flat and there is no ‘uphill’. This is a major cause of the potentially drastic decreases in cocoa suitability in the region,” continued Laderach.

Farmers in these at-risk areas are advised to create more shade-protected areas to create a more suitable habitat for the cocoa. The report also urges farmers to diversify crop production, as insurance for any crop failures.

Climate change and variations in weather have already affected peanuts, wine grapes, pumpkins and coffee beans.

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10:30AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Add coffee beans do the list.

10:12AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Interesting and timely post. Thank You. Hoping the farmers of cocoa will take the information given to them and start to plant more shade protected areas now.

7:22AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Thanks

11:50PM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

That'd be right. When it happens looks like I ll have to give it up which isnt good and perhaps could be a great idea. :o|
I dont eat peanut butter and could survive ..no worries and possibly all those who are allergic will be grateful b/c then they wont be in other supposedly non peanut goods.
Oh then there are grapes....I dont get too worried over wine either b/c I never drink it

Now that I am limiting my coffee and noticed how its dropped my BP, then I wont crave over that either.
yeah boring.............. In its place if it happens there will be other things that will replace it all and then maybe its all hocus pocus and all will never be eliminated
Im just watching and listening.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Chocolate is my favourite Food Group! It is essential...a Treat not to mention a Comfort Food. Whether it is solid or melted covering a lovely sundae we must be vigilant and save our chocolate for daily or monthly delight.

We can sacrifice many things, undergo many challenges, survive calamity, politicians, unruly weather...even a Canadian winter...but chocolate shortages and increased prices?

Flood the Petition Sites, Start up Facebook pages, alert the world! We just cannot do without our chocolate. Want to get re-elected pollys? Politicians...start working on a solution Now, the masses of chocolate lovers are awaiting salvation. Oh, yes, right... do not leave anything important to politicians. This means action by every chocolate lover today! We have nothing to lose but our chocolate!

12:36PM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

thanks

7:16AM PDT on May 9, 2012

not our chocolate !!!!!!!! what's next?

5:17AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Thanks for the post.

9:47AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOHOHO!!!!!!!!!!! :-(......

11:49AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Climate change may be problematic for chocolate.
But I see a bigger problem with the production of chocolate.
Chocolate and coffee are two commodities that are exploited by greedy
companies that want to line their pockets.
If we buy chocolate (which I dearly love) we need to
purchase fair trade chocolate.
This is more sustainable and the farmers involved get paid
the wages they deserve for their hard work.

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