Hmmm, Chocolate! What would the world be like if we didn’t have chocolate?
Our changing climate is a fact, and we are already seeing the drastic effects it's having on the world. One thing that is predicted to change in the coming future is a shift in temperature and rainfall near the equator. It's already hot there, but it's going to get much hotter.
This affects something major. We see it everywhere right now but by 2050 it's going to be very expensive and rare. What is it? Well, it’s two of my favorite treats: chocolate and coffee.
Since this is the month of LOVE, I’m specifically going to talk about chocolate. Because I might just be in love with chocolate. Shh! Don’t tell Justin. What am I saying. Pshh. He already knows.
A Little History
Did you know that people in 2000BC (Like 4000 years ago) considered chocolate a “food of the gods”? They would consume it kind of like how we consume coffee. It was a bitter beverage that they mixed with honey, cinnamon, or chill powder. They used it as a mood enhancer and an aphrodisiac, that’s right. They used it like a drug to stimulate sex hormones.
It is said that Montezuma, an Aztec emperor, drank 3 gallons of chocolate a day to increase his libido. That’s almost 50 cups of chocolate!
It wasn’t until the 1600s did chocolate make its way out of the rainforest and into Europe. Even at that time it was considered a delicacy and only drank by royals and people with wealth and power.
We wouldn’t even have chocolate like we do today if it wasn’t for a Dutch Chemist in 1828 who invented the cocoa press. He single-handedly ushered in the modern era of chocolate with that press. He made it affordable for everyone to consume chocolate’s magical awesomeness!
Not only does chocolate make us feel happy and increase our libido, but dark chocolate also:
Is high in antioxidants, protecting us from free radicals
Reduces chances of cancer
Increases brain functions
Lowers blood pressure
But, of course, only in low amounts. Eating a lot of dark chocolate is not healthy. It is only good in moderation. Also, any chocolate that has less than 70 percent cocoa does not have the same benefits. Sorry milk chocolate lovers. And no, white chocolate is not chocolate and is not close to the same “ballpark”.
Anyway, so yes. Climate change is happening.
How are we supposed to deal with horrible news if the horrible news is losing one of the best ways of dealing with horrible news??
Did you catch all that? Chocolate, my favorite thing, is going bye-bye because of climate change. How am I supposed to deal with it now?
The problem is that cocoa plants are somewhat Emo, fickle, sensitive. If you make any joke around one, you will make it cry (so don’t do that).
These trees grow and thrive in hot, wet climates near the equator. By 2050, 90% of their special home is going to be unsuitable for them to thrive.
FYI, That’s only 30 years from now. I’ll only be like 55 by then. I’ll also still be addicted to chocolate (Probably).
If we continue “business as usual” and not do anything to reduce our carbon footprints, we will be living in a very grim world.
A world WITHOUT chocolate. Not to mention all the other delicious treats like coffee, wine, and cherries.
If might seem like a long way away. 30 years. But it’s really not. That is within many of our lifetimes. And even if you are older and you think you will be gone in 30 years, then think of your children or grandchildren. They will have to live in that sad world.
Do you want your grandchildren growing-up without the taste of chocolate? If you’re okay with that, then you are a monster!
To sum it up for you, climate change is happening, which means our climate zones are shifting. This is making areas unsuitable for cocoa trees to grow. Fewer trees mean fewer cocoa beans. Fewer cocoa beans mean less chocolate for the world. When there’s less of something it gets expensive because it’s rare.
So, what do we do? We change our lifestyles. We help others change their lifestyles too with education. We all need to be for lowering our impact on this world. We need to engineer new ways to reduce our pollution and help our food adapt to the coming changes.
Thanks for reading or watching the video! Check below for my sources. I hope you have a beautiful l day making great choices and enjoy a piece of DARK chocolate on me.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Take care of yourself.
- WILL CHOCOLATE BECOME EXTINCT DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE?: http://www.newsweek.com/chocolate-extinct-climate-change-foods-coffee-avocados-almonds-770098
- Climate & Chocolate: https://www.climate.gov/news-features/climate-and/climate-chocolate
- Could Chocolate Actually Go Extinct In 40 Years? https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2018/01/01/is-chocolate-going-extinct-whats-being-done-to-prevent-this-disaster/#72520cb5540f
- 7 Awesome Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate: https://draxe.com/benefits-of-dark-chocolate/
- The Sweet History of Chocolate: http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/the-sweet-history-of-chocolate