• Jamie Bernstein wrote a new post, Calm Down. The World Isn’t Running Out of Chocolate, on the site Skepchick 4 years, 11 months ago

    ThumbnailA couple days ago my Facebook feed blew up with everyone sharing a Chicago Tribune article predicting a bleak future where our tongues will never again taste the dark, nutty flavors of a slowly melting chocolate […]

    • Paid for by Big Chocolate…Now I’m thinking about a big chocolate bar fighting the Ghostbuster’s Marshmallow Man…smores…

    • Chocolate’s not disappearing. It’s just getting bad unless you get the expensive stuff. (Seriously, look at how many have replaced cocoa butter with palm oil or partially hydrogenated soybean oil.)

      There are, however, other issues with chocolate. Palm oil has deforestation issues and displacement of indigenous peoples in the Indonesian jungles. Cocoa itself has, well, slavery.

      • Yah, I thought about going into other issues with chocolate and cocoa bean growing but I didn’t have time to do all the research that would be needed for an article like that. It’s not clear to me whether cocoa substitutes are more environmentally friendly or human-rights friendly than growing cocoa beans themselves. Agriculture in general is pretty awful for the environment and often comes hand-in-hand with human rights abuses. But, we can’t just not have agriculture since we need it to feed all the humans in the world. We can survive without chocolate though so maybe chocolate is not the best use of our agriculture. On the other hand, wouldn’t this just increase demand for chocolate substitutes and aren’t those just as bad on all these fronts?

        So yah, it’s a bit complicated.

        • To be fair, there’s always the option of simply doing without.

          I also bring up indigenous issues also because most people know little about such things. And it’s hard to place indigenous issues within our traditional understanding of politics, and we’re generally inconvenient, so we’re ignored.

          • “Failure is not an option!”

            Seriously, I agree. People should always take advantage of any opportunity to learn about how their choices and actions affect other people, especially when the other people don’t have equal freedom of action. Thank you for pointing this out.

    • Sigh. So running out is the same as producing tons of it and consuming it, right? Like how the dodo being extinct means that we breed millions of them and eat them all every year?

    • “We certainly aren’t “running out of chocolate” though, so stop worrying and go eat some Ghirardelli’s.”

      That sounds remarkably like Marie Antoinette’s infamous “Let them eat cake!”