Chocolate lovers may want to sit down before reading this because scientists are forecasting that climate change may force the plants that produce chocolate into extinction by 2050. According to a report from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the changing temperatures around the world will make growing cacao plants nearly impossible within the next 30 years. "More than 90 per cent of the global cocoa crop is produced by smallholders on subsistence farms with unimproved planting material," British researcher Doug Hawkins told the Daily Mail. The chocolate-producing plants only grow in specific locations that are within 20 degrees to the north or south of the equator. The plants thrive in the rainforest because of its stable temperatures with high humidity, heavy rain, rich soil, and protection from wind.
NOAA claims that the effects of climate change will gradually push the perfect climate for growing cacao into higher and less suitable areas.
Researchers add that over 89 percent of the current growing areas for chocolate will not be suitable for the crops by 2050 because of the lessening humidity around the equator.
In an attempt to save chocolate, scientists at the University of California are teaming with candy industry giant Mars to change the genes of the plant.
Centuries from now chocolate will fall into the realm of the mythical, like manna from heaven. Many skeptics will claim it never existed , nothing could've tasted that good.
"In an attempt to save chocolate, scientists at the University of California are teaming with candy industry giant Mars to change the genes of the plant."
IOW, this news story was bought and paid for by Mars Candy Inc. and the GMO food industry.
"I'll believe it when I see it. 40 years ago, we were told we would be in an ice age now..
#7 | Posted by boaz at 2018-01-03 08:10 AM"
This old, tired, debunked meme is back again?
Just stop spreading this manure!
BS, The cacao plant is very hardy. It grows from tropic to alpine climates. All it needs is a lot of sun and water. The big seed pods require it to be hot, but the same plant that gives us chocolate gives us cocaine. The seed pods in alpine areas are about the size if a thumb nail. That alkaloid is produced by the plant to protect the leaves from frost. The cacao has been cultivated for about 3000 years. About as long as corn.
Coca, from which cocaine is extracted, is in the Erythroxylaceae family. Erythroxylum coca is the genus and species.
Cacao, from which chocolate is obtained, is in the Malvaceae family. Theobroma cacao is the genus and species.
They are two entirely different plants.
40 years ago, we were told we would be in an ice age now..
#7 | POSTED BY BOAZ
According to Trump, we practically are in an ice age.
it's my Achilles Heel that keeps me from losing weight!
#9 | POSTED BY BABYHUEY
The key is moderation, and dark chocolate.
What a dumb conclusion. First off, it even states in the article of what is needed and the environment is very easy to reproduce in controlled setting. So chocolate won't go anywhere. What will probably happen is the price will increase and turn it into more of a lucrative market but with less players than today.
#12 | POSTED BY VISITOR
Why? That subgroup is still minuscule compared to the geriatric pant shi**ers in the GOP. All FOX has to do is say "Hillary ISIS Transgender" and its viewers need to be changed.
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