14 Oct '11, 10pm

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 the...

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