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Published:November 16th, 2010 00:15 EST
Scientist Say America's Chocolate Supply Reaches Critical Mass

Scientist Say America's Chocolate Supply Reaches Critical Mass

By Tony Graff

 

John Mason of the Nature Resource Conservation Council, based in Ghana, told the United Kingdom`s newspaper, the Independent, that in 20 years, chocolate may become like caviar, too expensive for the average person to enjoy. 

 

The reason? So many cocoa crops in Africa are being abandoned in favor of palm oil, which currently has the bigger demand. Even with the rise in people consuming chocolate, switching is making the people in Africa more money. 

 

While this may not affect all the chocolate flavored snacks we find in the vending machine, everyone the world over trying to get their chocolate fix will be horrified. "There is all the difference in the world," London chocolatier Marc Demarquette states, "between decent chocolate and confectionery so loaded with sugar and palm oil that it doesn`t deserve to be called chocolate."

 

While cocoa is grown in South America and Asia, the majority is farmed in Africa, where scientists say that the best way to fix this future chocolate shortage is to find better ways of farming the cocoa bean.