Peanut Extinction On The Horizon? Some Scientist Say It's Possible

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You may have to shell out more money for peanuts. The culprit? Scientists are pointing their fingers at climate change.

Farmers in the U.S. have seen shifts in temperatures resulting in devastating droughts that have destroyed entire crops, as well as their livelihoods.

While cocoa, tea and pumpkin crops have felt the brunt of climate change, there's a predicted shortage in one particular crop that will be felt up in Canada: peanuts.

Roughly 85 per cent of the peanuts consumed in Canada come directly from the U.S., according to the Peanut Bureau of Canada.

The problem? Peanuts require a very stable climate to grow.

Too little rain will prevent the seeds from germinating and too much heat will scorch the shoots — the part of the plant that pokes into the ground to produce the peanut seed — according a report from CBC.

On the other hand, too much rain can cause the peanuts to grow mold and other diseases, rendering the crops inedible.

But there's still hope. Watch the video above to find out more.

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