Will Climate Change Leave Chocolate Out of Menu by 2050?

Oh dear lord we might run out of chocolate in the next 30 years

Oh dear lord we might run out of chocolate in the next 30 years

Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, the two major cocoa exporters, each have the necessary climate conditions for the cocoa plant to grow and thrive, including an appropriate humidity level and temperature. By 2050, rising temperatures will push the present chocolate-developing areas more than 1,000 feet tough into rocky landscape - a lot of which is at present protected for untamed life, as per the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Well, maybe we really should savour every last bite of that soft, chocolatey goodness, as expects have the predicted the unthinkable, that chocolate will become extinct in 40 years. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley and Mars (the company behind candy bars like Snickers and M&M's) have teamed up to find a solution to the problem. In the event that all goes well, these little seedlings will soon be fit for surviving - and flourishing - in the dryer, hotter atmosphere that is sending chills through the spines of agriculturists over the globe.

According to U.S. News & World Report, researchers at the Berkeley school are using a new gene-editing technology to manipulate the DNA of cacao plants.

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Met Éireann says southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds 55 to 65 km/h, gusting 90 to 110 km/h. Strong winds measuring up to 80mph are expected and gales with gusts of 60 to 70mph are likely.

Concerned farmers have been looking for alternatives to relocate cocoa production to more mountainous terrain, which, according to scientists, may ruin ecosystems that have already been suffering from deforestation and illicit farming.

FYI, other foods at risk of not surviving climate change include coffee, apples, and potatoes.

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

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Police can also search vehicles in the area without notice, as the terms of the ban have been made clear on signage. The group reportedly claimed they were "in worldwide waters" and not subject to a municipal drinking ban.

UC Berkeley geneticist Jennifer Doudna, the inventor of CRISPR, is overseeing the UC-Mars collaboration.

CRISPR is involved in another project to protect cassava, a crop that saves millions of people from starvation each year, from the effects of climate change by tweaking its DNA to produce fewer toxins in warmer temperatures.

Doudna founded a company called Caribou Biosciences to put CRISPR into practice, and has also licensed the technology to agricultural company DuPont Pioneer for use in crops like corn and mushrooms.

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He and Algeria global team-mate Slimani netted inside seven second-half minutes as the Foxes ended a six-game wait for a win. The pre-match talk revolved around Adrien Silva - who came on as a late sub four months after his move from Sporting Lisbon.

Sod the diet, we need enjoy the chocolate whilst we still can.

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