Chocolate lovers around the world take note: two separate groups of scientists have unraveled the genetic code of your favorite sweet.
It’s good news for the millions of small farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America whose livelihoods depend on the seeds of the cacao tree.
Candy is serious business. The world’s top-10 confectioners sold more than $40 billion of it in 2005.
But many of the more than five million farmers worldwide who produce cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, are living in poverty.