British chocolatier Angus Kennedy recently delivered chilling words regarding the worlds chocolate supply:
"Supplies of sustainable cocoa are set to run out, it's that simple."
The problem starts with political upheaval in the Ivory Coast disrupting the number of cocoa farmers, which is the source of nearly half the world's cocoa beans. The crop has begun to be smuggled into Ghana causing a rise in prices. Currently "chocolate makers are now facing the highest cocoa prices for more than 30 years."
Though the land is still capable of cultivating the plant, the Ivory Coast has become a "no-go" area for cocoa traders because the increasing dangers in the region make the training of new farmers impossible. This has made the sustainable and certified crop drastically depleted causing a potential "fight over the last stocks" amongst producers," and chocolate may become a high-cost luxury.
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