Don't Panic, But Chocolate Will Be Running Out In 40 Years

03 January, 2018, 01:17 | Author: Hope Soto
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They're working on utilizing a gene-editing technology called CRISPR to develop plants that will be able to survive in the expected weather conditions.

Beyond the glittery glass-and-sandstone walls of the University of California's new biosciences building, rows of tiny green cacao seedlings in refrigerated greenhouses await judgment day.

Around 90% of more than 290 chocolate-producing locations will not remain suitable, according to the report.

Cacao plants originated millions of years ago in South America. This will allow farmers to continue raising their crops without forcing them to look for new plots of land at higher elevations where the climate is more welcoming.

Climate change has jeopardized the very existence of chocolate: according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a temperature rise of 2.1 degrees centigrade could leave humanity without chocolate by the year 2050. However, these areas are already preserved for wildlife by 2050, and therefore in countries like Ghana will be forced to decide between saving their dying eco-system or maintaining the world's supply of chocolate. A recent study revealed that geneticists have been attempting to tweak the DNA of pigs in order to make them more resistant to cold.

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Its drive with Cho at UC Berkeley is another arm of that endeavors.

"We're trying to go all in here", Mars' chief sustainability officer Barry Parkin told Business Insider. "There are obviously commitments the world is leaning into but, frankly, we don't think we're getting there fast enough collectively".

"Personally, I'd love a tomato plant with fruit that stayed on the vine longer", Doudna said to Business Insider.

The exploration lab she regulates at UC Berkeley is known as the Innovative Genomics Institute. Theobroma cacao‬‬ trees - more commonly known as cacao or cocoa trees - are where we get the beans used to make chocolate and global warming is making it hard for them to grow.

Notwithstanding which trim the general population sees CRISPR effectively utilized as a part of in the first place, the innovation will be a key device in a developing arms stockpile of methods we'll require in the event that we intend to keep eating things like chocolate as the planet warms.

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