There is, I gather, a looming cocoa shortage. I would think it could be addressed by other measures than by, say what the Hershey company is working on, but I'm no agronomist or cultural fixer. I'm just an end product lover, in this case.
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The Cocoa Research Association produced the latest round of data, but big players like Hershey and Mars have already sequenced the cocoa genome to hunt for ways to create more resilient, higher-yielding trees.
Cocoa can only be grown close to the equator, mostly in West Africa, and farmers there lack incentives to replant the trees as they die. Cocoa trees take three years to mature. Small-scale producers of the delicious stuff earn just 80 cents a day selling to the mega-corporations that control the market.
Combine that with ever-more gluttonous choco-habits and you've got a shortage. Indeed, the price of chocolate has doubled in the last six years.
Re the cocoa tree, Theobroma cacao -