Willy Wonka’s Days Are Numbered: By 2050 NO MORE CHOCOLATE
Willy Wonka would not be happy and chocolate lovers may want to sit down before reading this because scientists are saying that chocolate may be a thing of the past by 2050.
According to a report from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the changing temperatures around the world will make growing cacao plants nearly impossible within the next 30 years.
The chocolate-producing plants only grow in specific locations that are within 20 degrees to the north or south of the equator. The plants thrive in the rainforest because of its stable temperatures with high humidity, heavy rain, rich soil, and protection from wind. NOAA claims that the effects of climate change will gradually push the perfect climate for growing cacao into higher and less suitable areas.
Researchers add that over 89 percent of the current growing areas for chocolate will not be suitable for the crops by 2050 because of the lessening humidity around the equator. In an attempt to save chocolate, scientists at the University of California are teaming with candy industry giant Mars to change the genes of the plant, which comes as good news to Chocolate lovers around the world, and especially candy industry giant Mars.