Chocolate–along with coffee, beer, wine, avocados, and a long list of other delicious things that that people love–faces risks from climate change. For chocolate manufacturers, like Hershey, that means racing to cut emissions and working to help cocoa farmers adapt to growing their crops in increasing heat and drought. Today, the company announced some of its plans for climate action: They are developing a science-based target to cut emissions, joining the UN Global Compact, and launching a new program in Ghana with cocoa farmers. “I think everyone recognizes the risk climate change poses to the planet, but for a company like Hershey, with an agricultural supply chain, there’s a risk to our business as well,” says Jeff King, senior director of sustainability, CSR, and social innovation at Hershey. “So we need to be working with the farmers that we depend on to make sure that they are able to adapt to changing conditions and to be doing the right things on the ground to help mitigate the effects of climate change.” [Photo: Hershey] As the world heats up, some areas that grow cocoa could become too hot for the crop, which does best in temperatures below 95 degrees. Cocoa […]

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