Catastrophe! The world is running out of chocolate

This is rather more serious than any other doomsday scenario. Forget peak oil and peak gas and melting ice caps and food crises and mass extinctions and all the other alarmist and fictitious memes (which are not happening anyway). This crisis is real. The rapture of humanity is threatened. The Security Council should meet. The Quality of Life must be protected.

A world without chocolate is too miserable to contemplate.


Washington Post:

There’s no easy way to say this: You’re eating too much chocolate, all of you. And it’s getting so out of hand that the world could be headed towards a potentially disastrous (if you love chocolate) scenario if it doesn’t stop. 

Those are, roughly speaking, the words of two huge chocolate makers, Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut. And there’s some data to back them up. ……..

Last year, the world ate roughly 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than it produced. By 2020, the two chocolate-makers warn that that number could swell to 1 million metric tons, a more than 14-fold increase; by 2030, they think the deficit could reach 2 million metric tons. …

…. China’s growing love for the stuff is of particular concern. The Chinese are buying more and more chocolate each year. Still, they only consume per capita about 5 percent of what the average Western European eats. There’s also the rising popularity of dark chocolate, which contains a good deal more cocoa by volume than traditional chocolate bars (the average chocolate bar contains about 10 percent, while dark chocolate often contains upwards of 70 percent).


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