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Chocolate Is Going Extinct

Chocolate Is Going Extinct

Sure, it has an atmosphere, it's located perfectly relative to the sun, it's mostly water, and it's the only planet thus far where life is possible.

Now that the festive period is officially over *sobs*, many us still have kitchen cupboards full to the brim with chocolate that we were given for Christmas, and are now desperately trying to hide it whilst we undertake our annual strict January diet. The implications of this deficit go beyond candy bars: cacao's extinction spells economic strife for up to W who depend on its production for their livelihoods.

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.

Cacao plants involve a dubious position on the globe.

Well, the cacao plants needed to make our favourite treats can only grow within approximately 20 degrees north and south of the Equator, but are struggling to survive as the climate warms up. These (presumably sweet-toothed) researchers are hoping to use the technology on susceptible crops, like our beloved cacao plants. At the aforementioned place, temperature, rain, and humidity remain constant all year long.

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According to the reports from Business Insider, In September, the company pledged $1 billion as part of an effort called "Sustainability in a Generation", which aims to reduce the carbon footprint of its business and supply chain by more than 60% by 2050.

According to a report from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the changing temperatures around the world will make growing cacao plants almost impossible within the next 30 years.

So, what's being done to prevent the catastrophic disappearance of cacao plants from happening in the next few decades? If this works, there wouldn't be a need to relocate farms or debate over how to use the protected land. Scientists predict chocolate could become impossible to produce by 2050 as cacao plants succumb to the devastating effects of climate change. A recent study revealed that geneticists have been attempting to tweak the DNA of pigs in order to make them more resistant to cold.

So, should you worry about cacao plants going extinct? In the meantime, next time you take a bite of chocolate, you should take the time to savor it. Back in 2014, a handful of reports said chocolate could disappear as soon as 2020, which were ultimately debunked.