The Ivory Coast supplies 40 percent of cocoa beans to the world. While the world enjoys the delicious end results of all those beans, the Ivory Coast is left to deal with the massive amounts of waste that the harvested plants generate. The country has come up with an innovative way to dispose of the waste, however: the bean shells, pod husks, and cocoa sweatings (a pale yellowish liquid that drains away during fermentation) will be used to fuel a biomass plant that will meet the energy needs of 1.7 million people. Producing between 46 and 70 megawatts of electricity per year, the facility could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4.5 million tons, compared to existing power sources. The solution will also provide additional earning to farmers, who, faced with a glut, were planning to turn to other cash crops to make ends meet.

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