Chocolate lovers, you have scientists to thank for working to avoid the catastrophe that would be everyone's favorite candy vanishing in our lifetime. Scientists now predict that chocolate - which POTUS will sometimes eat to celebrate making important military decisions - could become impossible to grow in the coming decades because of hotter temperatures and less rain in regions where cacao plants are cultivated.
"Unlike other tree crops that have benefited from the development of modern, high yielding cultivars and crop management techniques to realize their genetic potential, more than 90% of the global cocoa crop is produced by smallholders on subsistence farms with unimproved planting material". The temperatures in these countries are expected to rise by almost 4° Fahrenheit by 2050 if "business-as-usual" conditions continue, BusinessInsider UK reports. But by 2050, researchers say that rising temperatures could push the optimal cultivation zone "uphill", to as high as 1,500 feet.More news: Rare 'blue supermoon' total eclipse to occur in Singapore on 31 January
The work is important not just for people who enjoy chocolate, but also for the 40 to 50 million people worldwide who depend on it for their livelihoods. The genes of the plants have been changed slightly, using CRISPR, in hopes they'll better withstand the new conditions, according to a story in Business Insider. 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".
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