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February 13, 2004

The Horror!!!

Reuters Science via Yahoo!:

Chocolate lovers beware: the seed of love, the cocoa bean, is threatened by disease.

It's only a matter of time before diseases like witches' broom and black pot rot endanger the global cocoa supply, said Raymond Schnell, a geneticist who presented his research on cocoa in two conferences in the United States in the week before Valentine's Day.

The witches' broom, a deadly white fungus that deforms the trees, was responsible for almost destroying Brazil's cocoa crop in the early 1990s. Brazil now imports more chocolate than it exports.

Posted by jghiii at February 13, 2004 11:47 PM
Posted by: Jo Ann on February 16, 2004 09:23 AM

Okay, I have been trying to ignore this. This is just too cruel. Too, too, cruel.

And in the same week that announced that Fannie May and Fannie Farmer chocolates have gone out of business.

Why get out of bed in the morning.

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