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Moms, Hoard Your Chocolate; Supply Is Running Out!

Short & Sweet

No! Say it ain't so! In not so sweet news, according to Time, we could be heading for a global chocolate shortage.

The Lowdown

People—um, like me—are consuming cocoa faster than farmers can produce it, which is causing a potential shortage of the dark stuff moms everywhere sneak after the kiddos are in bed. Now what are we going to do to relieve the stress of the day?

The Washington Post reports chocolate producers Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut are seeing a demand for chocolate rise while supply diminishes. If we continue on the current consumption trend, by 2020 we may have to find a new guilty pleasure—or pay up for the good stuff.

The reason behind a supply shortage is the fact that 70 percent of the world's cocoa comes from just one region: West Africa. Beyond facing the wrath of the Ebola virus, areas like the Ivory Coast and Ghana are also coping with a fungal disease called frosty pod rot that has wiped out a third or more of their cocoa plantations. Because cocoa has become such a tough business, many farmers have switched to producing other crops, such as corn.

The Upshot

It's not as if our favorite treat is disappearing from the planet completely. But a supply shortage may mean that you will have to pay much more to feed your chocolate habit.

I, for one, don't care how much a bar of dark chocolate costs. I need it to survive this parenting thing! Meanwhile, if a red wine shortage is to follow, you might as well commit me.

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