Scientists warn of global chocolate shortage

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Scientists are sending out a warning that climate change could create a global chocolate shortage.

A new study says an area of the rain forests, where cacao trees thrive, is shrinking. Experts say that by 2050 the plant will be impossible to grow, particularly in the Ivory Coast and Ghana, where more than 50 percent of the world's cocoa is produced.

Candy maker Mars is planning to spend $1 billion to try and save the area around the equator.

The demand for chocolate already outstrips supply as the continent of Africa has recently upped its intake to be more in line with the high demand for the sweet treats in Europe and North America. The average westerner eats 286 bars of chocolate every year.

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