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Wed Mar 11, 2020, 08:23 AM

Maybe This Will Inspire Action: Warming World Threatens Global Nutella Supply

Aug. 8, 2018, was the day Turkey’s Ordu province found itself transformed into a disaster zone. Storms blew in from the Black Sea and washed out bridges and highways, triggering landslides along the jagged coast that killed one man. Summer storms aren’t uncommon in eastern Turkey’s high-altitude regions, but this was different. And its reverberations were felt globally.

Ordu and neighboring provinces along Turkey’s Black Sea coast produce 70 percent of the world’s hazelnut crop, a commodity increasingly popular with major international confectionery companies. Up to tens of thousands of tons of harvested hazelnuts were washed into the sea during that August storm, affecting the livelihoods of 4,000 farmers, and underscoring a major climate-change-induced challenge threatening an industry that’s estimated to be worth $9.5 billion by 2026.

Last June, sea temperatures along Turkey’s Black Sea coast averaged 79 F, way above the 40-year average of 66 F. On the day the floods hit Ordu, the local ambient temperature stood at 72 F with the water in the Black Sea at 82 F. Warmer water sends more vapor into the atmosphere above seas and oceans, producing rain. When that vapor meets cool air on the sea-facing side of eastern Turkey’s Pontic Mountains, heavy downpours occur.

That’s bad news for global confectionery brands that depend on hazelnut-based chocolate products, and for millions of consumers who love the flavor. Italian confectionery giant Ferrero Group depends on Turkey for 80 percent of its hazelnuts — 47,500 tons in 2017 — an essential ingredient for the company’s popular Nutella spread.

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https://www.ozy.com/the-new-and-the-next/your-favorite-hazelnut-chocolate-may-be-the-next-victim-of-climate-change/265911/

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Wed Mar 11, 2020, 08:24 AM

1. and coffee. The two items that make life worth living!

I joke, but damn, it is depressing as hell.

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Wed Mar 11, 2020, 08:31 AM

3. i visited london and found this wonderfood and hauled a case back home only to..

.. find it sold at the local Safeway

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Response to samnsara (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 10:38 AM

4. When I was a pre-teen* visiting my grandparents where they lived in mid-southern Washington

State if found out that there were "wild"/uncultivated hazelnut trees growing there with a nearly-ripe
crop ready... But I've always favored peanut butter. (I also found abandoned apple trees and a blackberry thicket, but that's another story...)
*back in the early 1960s...

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