If you think that the potential effects of climate change are something we don’t have to worry until the distant future, think again. Drought, floods, and rising temperatures have dealt a blow to agriculture and fishing across the globe. Food production has suffered from lower yields with many crops dying because of lack of irrigation and rain. If left unchecked, the worsening effects of climate change threaten to wipe out some of the planets food sources. Some of the foods that we all stand to lose in the near future if climate change worsens include:
It seems hard to believe that this common staple that seems to be available everywhere is under threat. But the reality is some banana farmers are already feeling the brunt of rising temperatures. Erratic rainfalls and warmer climates seem to have contributed to the increase of pests that plague on farmers’ crops.
The biggest sources of cocoa beans may not be able to produce them by 2100 if temperatures continue to rise. Lack of rainfall and other sources of water to irrigate farmlands likewise exacerbate the problem. If these problems persist, chocolates may become a luxury we can no longer afford – if we see could still see them around at all.
We might as well enjoy every cup of coffee while we still can. Many coffee-producing countries have been experiencing droughts in recent years. As if these droughts are not enough, excessive rainfalls have also been affecting coffee farmers’ yields. Pests and other species have also affected coffee plantations in many parts of the world.
4. Craft beer
Craft brewers deal with a lot of challenges in producing high quality beers. But it may even become more difficult for them to produce the craft beers if temperatures continue to rise. Drought has already been affecting water sources needed to produce the grains needed to make beer. It could also severely affect the production of hops, which are important components in creating craft beers.
5. Peanut Butter
Peanuts are difficult to grow without sufficient rainfall. Droughts could kill the crops while too much rain can lead to mold growths that can be lethal if ingested. Given abnormal climate conditions, sourcing the main ingredient in making peanut butter could prove much harder than before.
6. Maple Syrup
Many countries have been experiencing hotter summers and colder winters that see some excessive amounts of rains. These conditions often put a lot of stress to the sugar maple trees. This in turn affects the harvests of sap used in making maple syrup.
Wine producing regions may continue to dwindle if rising temperatures continue its upward trend. As wine grapes become more scarce wine production will suffer to the point that each bottle will be too expensive that only a few can afford.