Try Not To Panic But The World's Chocolate Supply Is 'Running Out'

The world is on the verge of a 'chocolate deficit' and we're stocking up before it's too late...

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People of Britain, don't be alarmed but we are in the midst of a chocolate deficit. Yep, the world as we know it is in the grips of a cocoa crisis leading to a shortage in chocolate by 2020 – causing dark days ahead for chocoholics.

A terrifying report called Destruction by Chocolate details the world’s slowing supply of cocoa – a consequence, the author says, of inefficient farming – and our proximity to a 'chocolate deficit', which is the point at which demand outstrips supply. Why, God, WHY?!

There's nothing quite like the news of a global chocolate shortage to cause widespread panic among us Brits. And the new report shows the typical Western consumer eats an average of 286 chocolate bars a year - more if they are from Belgium.

"Unlike other tree crops that have benefited from the development of modern, high yielding cultivars and crop management techniques to realise their genetic potential, more than 90% of the global cocoa crop is produced by smallholders on subsistence farms with unimproved planting material," Doug Hawkins, from research firm Hardman Agribusiness, told The Daily Mirror.

"All the indicators are that we could be looking at a chocolate deficit of 100,000 tonnes a year in the next few years."

To conclude: The world may be heading for a 'chocolate deficit' but we're heading to Hotel Chocolat to stock up before it's too late...

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