Information released by Business Insider this week has found that there is the possibility chocolate could be a food of the past by 2050 because of climate change. Cacao is grown in rainforests that are no more than 20 degrees north or south of the equator and this is an area that is facing a struggle since global temperatures are rising.
As the temperatures rise it will become harder to grow the crop, with some chocolate companies having enforced their own initiative to reduce their carbon footprint. Mars invested $1billion to their Sustainability in a Generation fund. This is designed by the company to reduce the impact they’re having on the environment by 60 per cent by 2050.
Mars chief sustainability officer Barry Parkin said: “We’re trying to go all in here.” He added: “There are obviously commitments the world is leaning into, but frankly, we don’t think we’re getting there fast enough collectively.”
As many non-vegan chocolate companies use milk, reducing their products than contain dairy would have a positive impact on the environment. Dairy is one of the world’s largest contributors to climate change, as the agricultural industry collectively produces twice as many emissions than every form of transportation around the globe.