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Remember the old scandals with workers from third world countries being exploited at the benefit of multinationals? Well, the story is back and this time it involves something very dear to our hearts and tastes – the all time favourite chocolate.

African farmers are becoming less and less interested in investing pain staking work in harvesting and  replanting trees (which involves three to five years of grooming and patience), while future generations seem more keen on moving to city life rather than earning 2p out of the £1 bar.

Despite other cocoa crops in South America and Asia, it is estimated that they won’t be able to supply the world’s choc hunger so it looks like in 20 years time we’ll be likely to pay around £7 per bar. Plans to prevent this unfortunate situation are under development, however this calls for another alarm regarding our consumption habits and the whole production/consumption balance.

via The Independent

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