Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Climate Change & Chocolate

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture suggests that global warming will endanger the world's chocolate supply in West Africa. If there is a temperature change of only 2 degrees Celsius by 2050 then these areas could be considered too hot to grow cocoa. If the shortage occurs, the effects could be felt as early as 2030. This especially affects farmers of the cocoa beans because many use it as their primary source of income.

Why can't we just move the cocoa trees?
Moving the cocoa trees would require clearing of land, which would most likely result in worsening the problem of global warming.

Knowing this, I think that I will appreciate chocolate much more now! It's sad to think of how many of the little things in life we take for granted.