A Valentine’s Day without chocolate? To many people, this is unthinkable.
So, it’s understandable if some might have felt panic when news came out before we hit the New Year that chocolate is on course toward extinction in just three decades all because of climate change.
But fear not. As scientists working to help save cocoa in West Africa — the region that grows the crop the most — and the livelihoods of the hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers who depend on it, we can safely say that everyone will very likely still celebrate Valentine’s Day 30 years down the road with the beloved confectionary.