Will Chocolate Go Extinct by 2050?

January 3, 2018

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Chocolate is apparently on track to become extinct by the year 2050. Yes, chocolate. 

Business Insider reports that over half of the world's chocolate comes from Cacao plants in just two countries in West Africa. The plant can only continue to grow in "rainforested land" 20 degrees north and south of the equator. 

These particular locations and their crops are being impacted by climate change. According to Business Insider, "rising temperatures will push today's chocolate-growing regions more than 1,000 feet uphill into mountainous terrain." 

Why is that a problem? Well, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states it is currently preserved for wildlife.

If we have chocolate over the next 32 years, we will have CRISPR to thank. Business Insider reveals the new technology will allow "precise tweaks to DNA" which will also be used to make crops more reliable in the future.