We’re eating too much chocolate.
That’s what two major chocolate suppliers are warning amid dwindling cacao supplies.
Mars, Inc. and Swiss-based chocolate giant Barry Callebaut say people are consuming more cocoa than farmers are able to produce, the Washington Post reports.
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 reach 1 million metric tons –and could exceed an additional 1 million tons every decade for the foreseeable future.
Seventy percent of the world’s cocoa is produced in the Ivory Cost and Ghana. But disease, drought and farmers opting to grow more productive crops such as corn and rubber have made growing conditions less than ideal.
This is bad news for chocolate lovers –and anyone who has come to expect the sweet treat being as plentiful and cheap as raspberries in the middle of winter.
John Mason of the Ghana-based Nature Conservation Research Council, told the Independent that “in 20 years, chocolate will be like caviar.” “It will become so rare and expensive that the average Joe just won’t be able to afford it,” he said.