Chocolate could completely disappear within decades due to extinction of cacao plants

Francis Osborne
January 3, 2018

But in countries such as Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana they are fast running out of usable farm land with officials now facing a dilemma of whether to move into terrain which is currently preserved for wildlife.

Additionally, floods, droughts and windstorms are already common where cacao is cultivated - and climate change is making these extreme weather events worse and more frequent. Using a special gene-editing technology, CRISPR, they might be able to develop a cocoa plant capable of surviving in drier conditions.

Tiny, green cacao seedlings are being kept in refrigerated greenhouses with the hope they can thrive in dryer, warmer climates.

Chocolate lovers may want to sit down before reading this because scientists are forecasting that climate change may force the plants that produce chocolate into extinction by 2050.

But the delicious sweet's days could be numbered as the world continues to grapple with the changing climate.

This in turn will have huge effects on the chocolate production industry, according to according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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This was consistent with the strongest improvement in the health of the sector since December 2012. Readings above 50 signal an expansion while readings below 50 signal a contraction.

In September, the company promised $1 billion as a feature of an exertion called "Supportability in a Generation", which intends to diminish the carbon impression of its business and production network by over 60% by 2050.

But before you start hoarding Hershey Kisses for a future black-market scheme, know that scientists at University of California Berkeley are actively working to prevent worldwide sadness by teaming up with Mars (the makers of Snickers, M&Ms, Twix, etc.) to find a cure.

Whether you're more into dark, milk, white or even that new ruby one that virtually no one has got to try, there's no denying that chocolate is a gift sent from the gods to keep us all comfortable while binging on a new Netflix series.

"We're trying to go all in here", Barry Parkin, Mars' chief sustainability officer, told Business Insider.

UC Berkeley geneticist Jennifer Doudna, the inventor of CRISPR, is overseeing the UC-Mars collaboration. While she recognized that some risk could come by using this technology, Doudna still believes that it could significantly influence the food eaten by people every day. "Personally, I'd love a tomato plant with fruit that stayed on the vine longer", she said.

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