No Chocolate, Maple Syrup, or Honey -- Apocalypse Near?

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chocolate chipsStart stocking that fallout shelter that you got back in 1975 because I do believe, my friends, we are on the brink of an apocalypse. At least those of us with a serious sweet tooth are. Not only are there maple syrup and honey shortages, we now have a chocolate shortage.

There is no reason to live!

According to the Cocoa Research Association, we're consuming more chocolate than we're producing cocoa, which, in itself, is already ridiculously difficult to harvest. They've even gone as far as to compare the future of chocolate to caviar, saying that in 20 years, it will become so rare and so expensive that the average person will be unable to afford it.

No chocolate chip cookies? No Snickers? No hot chocolate? That's like taking a big chunk out of the food pyramid (well, my food pyramid). Who could possibly live in a world like that? Who would want to?

We have 20 years until it will become a serious issue -- so, what's the game plan? Right now, scientists from rival companies Mars, Inc. (maker of M&Ms) and Hershey have joined together (see? This is serious, y'all!) and are coming up with a special genome sequence for the cacao tree. They are taking information about the plant's genetic code and searching for genes that produce desirable traits that help make the plant stronger and more disease-resistant. Which will (hopefully) produce super cacao trees that can combat with the shortage and handle the world's demand of chocolate.

Fingers crossed that this works, but I'm still hoarding my Butterfingers.

Would a chocolate shortage affect you?

 

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ZandC... ZandCsmom1968

I am with you.  I don't want to live in a world without chocolate.

nonmember avatar Christine

Just asked my husband to get me some chocolate chip cookies while at the store picking up supper because my day has been super stressful, so , YES, a chocolate shortage would majorly affect me!!!!!!!!!

nonmember avatar Allboys

Yes a chocolate shortage is worse than, well anything I can actually think of at the moment. It will affect me because I will be paying a pretty penny for chocolate. Home baked goods as gifts will be suddenly appreciated huh. I have a suspicion this may be a man made phenomenon but hey it's just speculation. ON a side note there is this spectacular honey imported from Germany that is so good it will make you cry. It looks like cream and comes under different brand names. Get it, use it and screw the shortage.

Lynette Lynette

I would be fine and eat more carob.  it tastes like chocolate(not the same but it has a similer taste to it)

hotic... hoticedcoffee

You do realize that what you're hoping for is genetically modified food, which has been outlawed in other countries because of safety concerns?

Brade... BradenIsMySon

Eeeww...I don't want essentially "petri dish" chocolate...heck naw.

t0xxic t0xxic

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

becky... becky0899

My hubby would die...he LOVES chocolate!

luvbe... luvbeinamommy68

it wouldnt really effect me cause chocolate is one of the foods that makes my acid reflux flair up. the first month or so was so hard having no chocolate but i have made it! and i have lost alot of weight in the process!! 

nonmember avatar gold

i don't really care that much about chocolate since i sort of stopped eating it

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