Chocolate is on track to go extinct in 40 years

Faith Castro
January 3, 2018

Farmers of the cacao plant - responsible for the oh-so-addicting chocolate that we all know and love - are warning that higher temperatures and the dryer climates that come with them are having a devastating effect on their crops, and scientists now forecast that cacao harvests could be completely wiped out within just a few decades if nothing is done.

It's time to stock up on all things sweet because experts have predicted that the world could run out of chocolate within the next 40 years. By 2050, rising temperatures will push today's chocolate-growing regions more than 1,000 feet uphill into mountainous terrain - much of which is now preserved for wildlife, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In one noteworthy collaboration, the University of California and the Mars Company are teaming up to explore the possibility of using gene-editing technology to create more resilient cacao crops. However, these areas are already preserved for wildlife by 2050, and therefore in countries like Ghana will be forced to decide between saving their dying eco-system or maintaining the world's supply of chocolate. Cacao plants grow in a "a narrow strip of rainforested land roughly 20 degrees north and south of the equator, where temperature, rain and humidity all stay relatively constant throughout the year", Business Insider says, and that land is especially sensitive to climate change.

Mars, producers of Snickers, Milky Way, and other delights, has pledged a $1billion effort, "Sustainability in a Generation", to reduce its carbon footprint by more than 60 percent by 2050.

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Forbes reports that cacao plants, the natural source of chocolate, are in danger due to climate change and fungal disease. The company's chief sustainability officer, Barry Parkin, told BI UK his company is trying "to go all in". Despite the fact that her apparatus has gotten more consideration for its capability to annihilate human infections and make alleged "fashioner babies", Doudna figures its most significant applications won't be on people but instead on the food they eat.

Doudna established a company called Caribou Biosciences to incorporate CRISPR, and has additionally authorized the innovation to rural company DuPont Pioneer for use in crops like corn and mushrooms.

Don't panic-buy a load of chocolate bars because you're anxious they'll be gone next week.

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