Thanks to climate change, even chocolate is no longer safe!
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted in a 2016 report that based on climate change factors, cacao is going to be facing a real crisis in the next four decades!
See, chocolate can only be grown within 10 degrees of the equator because of specific temperature requirements. In fact, half the world’s chocolate is produced by just two countries: Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
By 2050, those countries are looking at a 3.8˚F temperature increase, without the accompanying increase in rainfall of warmer countries! Not good for chocolate!
Thankfully, the Mars company is working hard on helping cacao adapt to the changes with the latest advances, including a new tech called CRISPR, which allows for very small changes to DNA. Whew!
While cacao is not exactly on the edge of extinction, difficulty in cultivation could obviously lead to increased prices in EVERYTHING with chocolate in it.1
Something to think about the next time you think about your carbon footprint.