Enjoy these Endangered Foods Before they Go Extinct Forever

by Allayurveda
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We’ve all heard the old adage that nothing lasts forever, but who would have thought that some of the world’s most common and favorite foods might be gone forever? We don’t mean just an empty bowl or a widespread food shortage, but food is going extinct, much like the dinosaurs. As a result of unstable climate changes or unsuitable environmental conditions, the following foods are becoming endangered.

You might need to be prepared with the fact that you might no longer be able to dash to the grocery store to buy more of these foods, so enjoy them while you can and hope for the best. Read on to find out more about the endangered foods that will soon be extinct if we don’t do damage control to global warming:

  1. Chocolate: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a world without chocolate? Sounds awful, right? Global warming has caused rapidly increasing temperatures which are affecting the cocoa growth production in areas such as the Ivory Coast and Ghana, where over half of the world’s chocolate supply is produced. Thankfully, major chocolate companies such as Hershey’s are spending close to $1 billion in attempt to aid cocoa farmers.

  2. Coffee: Another food going extinct which we know most people cannot survive without is their daily cuppa every morning. Deforestation, pest infestations and changing weather patterns have threatened coffee production. Only a half-degree increase in temperature is sufficient to adversely affect production. In regions where coffee is grown, such as in India, extreme rainfall has slashed coffee yields by 30%.

  1. Honey: The unfortunate decline in bee population will directly impact the supply of honey. Bees are slowly vanishing due to Colony Collapse Disorder, which is caused by pests, parasites, improper nutrition, pathogens and exposure to pesticides.

  2. Bananas: Generally grown in regions such as Mozambique and Jordan, banana crops are being attacked by Panama Disease. This is caused by a fungus that travels through the roots to the inside of the banana plant and disrupts its vascular system. It causes the plant to wilt and die as a result of dehydration. Fortunately, bananas are being grown in other areas where this disease isn’t widespread, so the banana crisis may have some hope after all.

  3. Strawberries: These berries are a winter plant that grow well in chilly weather, and the recent sweltering temperatures are not exactly ideal for the fruit.

  4. Maple Syrup: Pancakes are just not the same minus maple syrup. As a result of global warming, rising temperatures are resulting in shorter sapping season and reduced overall sap for maple trees. In New England, USA, a high volume of maple syrup is produced and temperatures have soared by 2-4 degrees in the past 100 years. If they rise another 6 degrees, maple syrup just might be a distant memory.

  1. Avocados: Guacamole will be taking a hike very soon if California’s recent drought creates a lasting impact. Avocados are becoming expensive to produce, rising from $72 per acre foot and now going upwards of $2,600 acre foot in the coming year, which is a 36% increase. This will mean increase in prices as well for the consumer.

  2. Wine: Your wine nights just might be dwindling. Once again, global warming has lead to increased temperatures that are making it hard for areas like California and France to produce wine. Thankfully, cooler regions such as the American Midwest and the UK are still able to supply wine.

  3. Salmon: In recent times, fish production has taken a drastic surge, due to warmer waters and river pollution making it harder for fish to reproduce. Salmon are among the most threatened fish species.

  4. Peanuts: These high-maintenance nuts get only one growing season to flourish. Due to long-term droughts and climate change, peanut crops are struggling to stay alive. Droughts also produce toxic mold which can cause the death of the plant.

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