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Chocolate Crisis: Climate Change and Other Threats to the Future of Cacao

Dale Walters

Abstract

Chocolate is the center of a massive global industry worth billions of dollars annually, yet its future in our modern world is currently under threat. Here, Dale Walters discusses the problems posed by plant diseases, pests, and climate change, looking at what these mean for the survival of the cacao tree. Walters takes readers to the origins of the cacao tree in the Amazon basin of South America, describing how ancient cultures used the beans produced by the plant, and follows the rise of chocolate as an international commodity over many centuries. He explains that most cacao is now grown on ... More

Keywords: cacao, chocolate, health, plant diseases, pests, climate change, farmer poverty, child labor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781683401674
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683401674.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dale Walters, author
Rural College