Tom Scott

How one British laboratory protects the world’s chocolate

The International Cocoa Quarantine Centre, at the University of Reading, has an important job: stop pests and viruses from hitching a ride, as researchers try to breed better and hardier varieties of cocoa. Here’s how they do it. ■ https://research.reading.ac.uk/cocoa/international-cocoa-quarantine-centre-reading/

Articles mentioned:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/21/cocoa-crisis-world-chocolate-stash-melting-away
https://people.com/food/world-chocolate-shortage-mars/

More reading and sources:
https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/preventing-a-future-without-chocolate
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23631571-800-cocoa-quarantine-one-tropical-tent-near-london/

Edited by Michelle Martin: https://twitter.com/mrsmmartin

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