Chocolate Genome Sequenced – The Possibilities

Mars, Inc. together with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and IBM released their preliminary findings for the DNA of cacao tree, Theobroma cacao.  Results of research are being made public on Cacao Genome Database to keep patents from being applied and to let findings be applied immediately to cacao planting efforts.

How will this help you may ask?  Well, it’s a first step in planting more drought and disease-resistant trees.  Plus farmers will be able to get higher-yielding harvests which could bring them more profits.  These are wonderful upsides.

The downside?  Well, many people are turning to heritage and heirloom varieties of products looking for taste and quality instead of industrialized, high-production versions of the same food.  Kobe beef is prized for its taste and texture.  Heirloom tomatoes have a deeper and more satisfying flavor than any industrial tomato I would buy at the store.  The flavor alone demands my attention, taste buds and dollars.

Why would I want to buy a genetically modified chocolate?  I don’t know.  I know many small batch chocolate makers who specifically seek out special varieties of chocolate for their bars.  Claudio Corallo has been tending his heirloom cacao crop for years on Sao Tome Principe.  Do you think he’ll replant it for a genetically modified crop?  Hmmmmm…

Thankfully, we still have incredible all natural chocolate to choose from at Drexelius Chocolates.  Buy some today and savor it.  It’s the real stuff.

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