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New Research Says Chocolate Could Be Extinct by 2050

New Research Says Chocolate Could Be Extinct by 2050

According to a new report inBusiness Insider, the only thing that consistently makes you happy could go extinct in your lifetime, thanks to a decline in cacao plants (refresher: chocolate is made from the seeds of said plant). Thus, the world's cocoa comes nearly exclusively from regions 10 to 20 degrees north and south of the equator, most notably in West Africa - areas that are expected to continue getting hotter and drier over the next few decades.

Cacao plants involve a dubious position on the globe.

Officials from Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Ghana are trying to work out how to save their beloved natural product, as they're also faced with the prospect of losing their ecosystems to climate change. 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.

The Sun reports cocoa beans, which grown on cacao trees only thrive in humid rainforest-like conditions close the equator. In the event that all goes as arranged, they could create cacao plants that don't shrivel or spoil at their present rises, getting rid of the need to migrate homesteads or discover another approach.

Cacao trees are especially vulnerable to fungal diseases, especially those that might get displaced by climate change, according to Forbes.

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These changes are as of now being utilized to make crops less expensive and more solid.

Its drive with Cho at UC Berkeley is another arm of that endeavors.

Jennifer Doudna, the UC Berkeley geneticist who invented CRISPR, is overseeing the collaboration with Mars. 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", Doudna told Business Insider. Theobroma cacao‬‬ trees - more commonly known as cacao or cocoa trees - are where we get the beans used to make chocolate and global warming is making it hard for them to grow.

As far as modern civilization knows, Earth is the only planet with chocolate.


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