Chocolate May Be Extinct By 2050, According To Scientists
Chocolate May Be Extinct By 2050, According To Scientists
Written by: Kat Gal
Can you imagine the world without chocolate?
I can’t. Chocolate is life. If chocolate disappeared, that would mean the end of tasting delicious gourmet chocolates, curling up with a cup of hot chocolate, baking chocolate brownies and enjoying Grandma’s famous chocolate chip cookies. I am afraid to even bring up my new favorite, Cacao Bliss, the most sacred chocolate drink I’ve been drinking daily.
The world without chocolate sounds like a nightmare. Sadly, it could actually turn into reality.
Chocolate Can Go Extinct By 2050
According to latest predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), climate change could cause cacao trees to go extinct by as early as 2050.
In case you’ve missed the memo, cacao trees are responsible for producing cacao beans that make all the chocolate in the world. The end of cacao beans would not only mean the end of unhealthy, sugary chocolate candies, but also healing, superfood raw cacao chocolate too.
Cacao trees can only grow in specific areas of the tropical world within 20 degrees of the equator with consistent humidity and rainfall. Within these areas of the world, 50% of the current cacao bean supply comes from Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana in West Africa. While the entire world is facing the detrimental consequences of climate change, these two countries are expected to experience a 3.8 Fahrenheit temperature increase by 2050. This may not seem like much at first glance, but it is more than enough to push cacao farms out of the rain forest and into cooler mountain areas.
Pushing chocolate production into these forest and wildlife preservation areas where farming is currently forbidden brings up an important question: what is more important, continuing to grow chocolate to meet global demand or preserve natural habitats caring for the planet?
Does This Matter? Chocolate Is Unhealthy Anyways… Or Is It?
First of all, yes, it matters. The bigger picture is that climate change doesn’t only affect these small areas of the world and our cacao trees, but every single part of the planet, all of our food, animals and our lives as human beings.
When it comes to chocolate, it still matters.
You are right, sugary chocolates you’ve grown up with, that you buy from the vending machine and see on the shelves of most supermarkets is not healthy. All the sugar in them is a breathing ground for inflammation, weight gain and all kinds of disease, including diabetes and cancer. But chocolate can be healthy.
Raw cacao is one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet. Don’t believe me? Check out these benefits.
The Powerful Benefits Of Raw Cacao (AKA Real Chocolate):
How To Use Raw Cacao
Raw cacao is a delicious ingredient of mouth-watering raw dark chocolate bars, healthy chocolate brownies, bliss balls, raw desserts, chocolaty smoothies, healthy chocolate dips, cacao pancakes, hot chocolate and anything chocolate you can imagine. Making any chocolate goodness with raw cacao and other healthy, organic and natural ingredients not only can make them healthier, but also a million times more delicious and flavorful. Trust me, if you try any raw cacao chocolate goodies, you will not want to go back to their unhealthy sugary relatives.
Love Your Chocolate With Cacao Bliss And Chocolate Protein
If we are talking about chocolate, I must mention my newest healthy addiction, Cacao Bliss. Cacao Bliss is a raw cacao drink infused with other potent superfoods, like cinnamon, coconut milk, turmeric MCT powder, lucuma and more. It can crush your cravings, boost your mood and fuel you with antioxidants. Just mix it with hot water for a sacred hot chocolate. A warm cup of Cacao Bliss, a good book and a fuzzy blanket is my winter cocoon heaven.
To add even more chocolate to my life, I absolutely adore our chocolate flavored Organifi Complete Protein in my breakfast smoothie or as a post-workout meal. Raw cacao is only one of the powerful superfoods this mix includes along with an organic plant protein blend, digestive enzymes and yummy superfoods. It can satisfy your hunger, indulge your taste buds, improve your digestion, boost your weight loss and help your immune system.
I am personally so in love with Cacao Bliss and Organifi Complete Protein that I can’t imagine life without them. But really? Can you imagine life without chocolate? Maybe this is not the end afterall…
Will Climate Change Be The End Of Chocolate And Cacao?
Climate change is a real threat to chocolate. There may be hope though.
Scientists at the University of California Berkeley alongside Mars Company started thinking about cacao in a futuristic way, looking into modifying the DNA of cacao through a new gene-editing technology called CRISPR to help new seeds and cacao plants to survive in warmer and drier climates. It is unclear if this idea would work in reality and how long this initiative will take, but it is one option to keep our chocolate supply going for many decades to come.
Is this an ideal solution? Of course not. This is simply a reaction to the growing problem of global warming and trying to meet a global commercial demand. The ideal solution would be to stop global warming not only for the sake of chocolate, but for our entire planet.
What Can You Do To Reduce Climate Change?
When it comes to climate change, it is not one person’s or one group’s responsibility. We are in this together and all of our actions count. Be part of the change. Do something for our planet using these simple tips:
- Reduce waste. Reuse and recycle. Fix your clothes instead of buying new ones. Use glass jars, reusable cloth bags, cloth towels and shop in bulk. Compost if possible. And for the love of god, stay away from plastic. If you must buy packaged products, make sure that you can recycle the packaging.
- Be energy efficient. Turn off your lights, change your light bulbs to LEDs or compact fluorescents, keep technology use to the minimal.
- Green your commute. Walk, bike, take public transport and if you must drive, try to carpool. Fly as little as possible.
- Eat smart and healthy. Eat local products as often as possible. Grow your own food if you can (an herb garden is possible even in the smallest living quarters). Stay away from packed foods filled with harmful chemicals and wasteful packaging. Reduce or eliminate animal products.
- Stay away from chemicals. Make your own household and personal hygiene products or choose natural and organic varieties instead of harmful chemicals.
- Vote with your dollar. Shop from stores and buy products that are environmentally conscious. Supporting small and local businesses is always a good idea, so is supporting growing environmentally conscious and cruelty-free companies.
- Be an example. Teach your children and teens about the importance of taking care of our planet. Teach them how to reuse, recycle, garden, eat well, walk, bike and live more consciously. Remember, it is not enough to preach, lead by example instead.
- Stay informed. Follow the news on environmental issues. Join local communities, take part in discussions, spread the word and lead by example.
- Volunteer in projects that better the environment, including urban gardening projects, organic farming and river clean-ups. Support and donate to organizations and initiatives that support environmental issues.
- Get in contact with your local representatives, urging the government to take action.
How will you take part in the fight against climate change? Which one of these steps are you already doing? What steps will you take today, this week, this month and this year to heal our planet (and to save our chocolate)? Create a doable action plan with a new small step added each week.
Share your steps with us in the comments below. Let’s inspire each other and keep each other accountable. Little by little we can win this. Don’t forget to celebrate each successful step with a warming glass of Cacao Bliss.
And remember, we’re in this together.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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