FFS 027 - A World Without Chocolate

Is chocolate going ‘extinct’? Are we heading towards a ‘world without chocolate’?


In this episode, we explore what lies behind these recent media headlines that suggest chocolate may not survive climate change. To find answers, we deep dive into the world of chocolate with Simran Sethi.

Simran Sethi is a journalist focused on food, sustainability and social change. She is the best-selling author of Bread, Wine and Chocolate: The Slow Loss of the Foods We Love, a fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) and the creator and host of The Slow Melt: an award-winning podcast about chocolate.

We discuss:

  • What chocolate actually is: how its grown and processed, and by who
  • Chocolate in the spotlight: going "extinct", or not quite?
  • Costly northern appetites: mass deforestation and biodiversity loss
  • A real and present threat: farmer livelihoods, low prices and the cruel irony of oversupply
  • Consumer consciousness: how we can take positive action

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