Chocolate May Become Scarce, Unless Scientists Intervene

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While chocolate prices have fallen in recent years, you can expect a massive price hike by 2050 unless scientists at the UC Berkeley Innovative Genomics Institute reach their goal. Together with the Mars company, scientists are working to create a genetically modified form of cacao that can withstand the effects of climate change, expected to take a toll on chocolate production in the coming decades, reports Business Insider. Snopes concludes that climate change won’t make chocolate go extinct as some suggest, but it will cause temperatures to rise in the narrow stretches of land, roughly 20 degrees north and south of the equator, where cacao plants thrive in rainforest conditions, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And that would crimp production.

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