Chocolate Is Going Extinct, According to Scientists

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A new effort the University of California Berkeley, however, is using CRISPR technology to modify the DNA of the cacao plants, according to the Independent. 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.

FYI, other foods at risk of not surviving climate change include coffee, apples, and potatoes. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, by 2050 the rising temperatures will push the chocolate-growing regions of the world more than 1,000 feet uphill into mountainous terrain - much of which is now preserved for wildlife. They thrive only in a region about 20 degrees north and south of the equator, and require rainforest-like conditions described by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as "fairly uniform temperatures, high humidity, abundant rain, nitrogen-rich soil, and protection from wind".

Why? Well, blame climate change.

Given these very specific conditions, more than half of the world's chocolate is grown in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. A recent study revealed that geneticists have been attempting to tweak the DNA of pigs in order to make them more resistant to cold.

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This has led the company to make a $1 billion pledge towards reducing its business and supply chain's carbon footprint by more than 60 percent, in a plan called "Sustainability in a Generation".

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

Thankfully, a team from UC Berkeley is working on a possible fix. Although her invention has been viewed as a way to rid humans of diseases and disorders, she believes it has more potential in the improvement of foods. Numerous efforts by graduate students there focus on using CRISPR to benefit small-holder farmers in the developing world. 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.

However, the joy of eating chocolate may not last long, especially by the 2050s, as the planet is set to run out of cacao seeds - the key ingredient in cocoa, cocoa butter and chocolate.

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