Climate Change: Top Endangered Foods

 

Chocolate
A report released by the International Center For Tropical Agriculture warns chocolate could become a luxury item if farmers don’t adapt to rising temperatures in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, where a majority of the world’s cocoa is grown.

Coffee

Coffee lovers may want to get that caffeine fix before the treasured drink becomes an extinct export. Starbucks raised the issue last year when the company’s director of sustainability told The Guardian climate change is shortening the supply chain of Arabica coffee bean.

Beer

Famed for producing some of the world’s best beer, Germany could suffer from a drop in production due to climate change induced water shortages. Barley and hops can only be grown with water and using cheaper alternatives like corn isn’t possible in Germany because of strict regulations about what you can make beer with.

http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080502/full/news.2008.799.html

Peanut Butter

Thanks to a failing peanut crop due to last summer’s scorching hot weather, there’s a shortage of peanuts in supply. If temperatures continue to rise, a jump in peanut butter prices is just the prelude to what’s in store for the beloved American spread.

Italian Pasta

Scientists at the British Meteorological Office warn that Italy may soon be forced to import the basic ingredients to make pasta because climate change will make it impossible to grow durum wheat domestically. The crop could almost disappear from the country later this century, say scientists.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/climate-threat-to-italys-pasta/story-e6frg6so-1225797946930

Maple Syrup

A warming climate could make maple syrup history. Shorter cycles of below freezing weather mean sugar maples aren’t producing enough sap, which is later boiled down to make maple syrup.

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/goodbye-maple-syrup-climate-change-pushing-sugar-maple-out-of-northeast-us.html

Honey

It’s no secret that bee populations are dropping nationwide. Wetter winters and rainy summers make it harder for bees to get out and about to collect, leaving them to starve or become malnourished and more prone to other diseases. This doesn’t just mean a decline in honey. We rely on bees to pollinate crops. When bees disappear many food crops could also die off.

Wine

France is losing its enviable climate for grape growing thanks to a shifting climate. Because a wine’s taste is a result of the balance of sugar and acidity in the grapes it is made from, the right growing temperature is essential. Grapes grown in cold are unlikely to develop fruity flavors, giving an acidic taste. Warm weather produces too much sugar, leaving a “jammy” and heavy taste.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/best-served-chilled-top-french-wines-at-risk-from-climate-change-a-748139.html

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