Meet the Man Trying to Save Us from a World Without Chocolate

(Image credit: Regina Yunghans)

The predictions have been around for a while now — we could be facing a future without chocolate. Or if there is any left, it will be exorbitantly expensive.

The doomsdayers cite not only increased demand but also the fragility of cocoa plants for the potential decline of one of our favorite confections.

Luckily, Paul Hadley, a professor of horticulture at the University of Reading, is on the case.

Hadley runs the Cocoa Quarantine Centre, where they study the diseases that plague most cocoa plants, and attempt to eradicate them from the plants that come through the center.

We’ll just consider Hadley our dessert superhero, thank you very much.

Read more: Preventing a Future Without Chocolate from The New Yorker