University of Reading

Safeguarding chocolate

Chocolate has a safer future thanks to the University of Reading. Almost all the live cocoa plant material that is sent around the world passes through the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre, where it is screened to ensure pests and diseases are not transferred between countries.

The clean plants are used by growers developing new varieties that are disease resistant, have higher yields and are tolerant to climate change. This protects chocolate production and the livelihoods of millions of cocoa farmers around the world – and means we can enjoy the sweet taste of chocolate for years to come.

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