Where has all the chocolate gooooooooone? (Yes, we’re singing that in our Paula Cole voice — while popping a handful of M&Ms in our mouths.)
In all seriousness, we woke up to the worst news ever this morning: The world's largest chocolate manufacturer, Barry Callebaut, claiming the world could face a chocolate shortage come 2020.
Excuse us while we take the next few hours to run out to our nearest convenience store and stockpile that sugary goodness. Kardashian news can WAIT.
According to the Swiss-based chocolate company AND Mars, Inc., people are consuming way too much of the yummy delight. Callebaut says the demand is so high that production could be cut my one million metric tons by the year 2020.
The Washington Post reports that 70 percent of the world’s cocoa is produced in the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Unfortunately, growing conditions in said African areas have been dismal.
Drought is said to have played a major part and has ruined many cocoa plantations. It doesn’t help that a disease called frosty pod killed 30 to 40 percent of production. Since farmers have faced such extreme issues, they’re looking to make a living by producing other crops like corn.
As much as we never ever thought we’d say these words: We’ve gotta cut back on the chocolate, folks. Because, let's face it, what's a world without chocolate???
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