What if we tell you that you won’t be able to enjoy this delicacy a couple of decades from now? Don't sweat just. Eat the chocolate you have for now. The constant rising temperatures and drier climates are having a devastating effect on the growth of cocoa plants. Scientists have warned that the cocoa plant could go extinct by 2050. Yes you heard that right. Not hoax, just an unflappable concept.
What can be said to that fancy plant? Cocoa is a sort of moody plant known to dominate only in certain remote areas in this whole planet Earth. The whole world strives for the brown dark God which grows within a narrow strip of rain forested land. It has needs of certain temperature to grow. Cocoa takes approximately within 20 degrees north and south of the equator. Specific conditions like high humidity and abundant rainfall are needed for this plant to prosper.
According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a 2.1C rise in the temperature over the next 30 years caused due to Global warming can cause havoc for these plants and in turn the whole world, also potentially destroying the chocolate industry.
But wait..! Scientist has a plan in near future, we all are still hopeful. Pray to the almighty. However, in a next few decades, these regions won’t be suitable for cultivation due to rising temperatures and consequential moisture loss. Don’t lose hope just yet, as scientists have come up with a plan to save this delicacy.
Chocolates like Bounty, M&M’s, Munch and Snickers — to save the seeds of the cacao plants for future. Scientists are using a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR, which will allow them to modify the DNA of cocoa plants so that they survive in the drier and warmer climates