Chocolate Threatened by Climate Change – New Report

Scientists say climate change will eventually claim many victims -– including, according to a new report, chocolate, reports Tiffany Hsu at the Los Angeles Times. As temperatures increase and weather trends change, the main growing regions for cocoa could shrink drastically, according to new research from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. Ghana and the Ivory Coast –- which produce more than half of the global cocoa supply –- could take a major hit by mid century. According to the Environmental News Network, the study notes cocoa is a heat sensitive crop. So, production could be in for a heavy slide due to even a few degrees rise in temperature. The report concludes that chocolate will soon become a luxury item few can afford.  But researchers point out that as temperatures phase out some fields, others could become prime growing spots.  Could, not will. Fluctuating weather in the United States alone has already wreaked havoc with harvests for wine grapes, pumpkins, coffee beans and lastly, peanuts. The peanut harvest failure is causing peanut butter prices to increase substantially.

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Climate change could shrink chocolate production: Report. Scientists say climate change will eventually claim many victims – including, according to a new report, chocolate. Los Angeles Times

See also: http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/43387 Global Warming Will Make Chocolate a Luxury Item

About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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