Could chocolate disappear in the next 40 years?

Now Chocolate Could Go Extinct, Great

According to the Daily Mail, the trees can only grow 20 degrees north and south of the equator, under very specific climate conditions and therefore the predicted temperature rise of just two degrees is expected to complete wreak havoc with their ability to grow. The crop's tiny seedlings would be able to survive in different climates if the experiment is proven successful.

Cacao plants are slated to disappear by as early as 2050 thanks to warmer temperatures and dryer weather conditions. Countries like Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana - which produce more than half the world's chocolate - will face a huge chocolate production problem.

Between Cho, Doudna, and Mars' huge corporate funding, they intend to isolate genes that make the cacao plant so fragile and to replace them with more formidable genes, specifically ones that can withstand the changing climate that they will soon experience.

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Stockpiles of cocoa are decreasing, our current methods of farming aren't equipped to maintain production, and changes in the environment will make it even harder for plants to grow.

The multi-billion dollar corporation has pledged $1 billion to reduce its carbon footprint and, as part of that effort, it has partnered with a group of genetic engineers at UC Berkeley in California.

FYI, other foods at risk of not surviving climate change include coffee, apples, and potatoes. The company's chief sustainability officer, Barry Parkin, told BI UK his company is trying "to go all in". "There are obviously commitments the world is leaning into but, frankly, we don't think we're getting there fast enough collectively". The research of Jennifer Doudna, who works at UC Berkeley, was important to the creation of the gene-editing technology (but a heated legal battle concluded that the patent belonged to the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.) Doudna will be working on the chocolate-preservation project as well. 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. Good thing we still have it (for now).

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