Have you ever wondered how the climate change and the abrupt weather conditions may affect crops all around the world and how certain foods have a hard time growing? My guess would be no, since you still see everything you are looking for on your supermarket’s stand. The truth is that in the next 50 years, some of our most favorite and common foods may become extinct to the point that future generations might not even know what they look like. I don’t know if there is anything that we can do at that point, but at least we can be informed.
Avocados need almost 72 gallons of water per fruit and they have a large demand in the U.S. This has resulted in massive deforestations of Central Mexico’s pine forests and an increase at the price of the imported fruits.
It is expected that by 2030, farmers of cacao will se major decline in their crops, which means that chocolate will not be found as easily as it is now.
3. Rice and wheat
Due to unpredictable weather and changing temperatures, wheat and rice crops are in high danger and at the same time its demand is expected to rise by 33% by 2050.
4. Wine grapes
In the next 50 years, the production of wine in expected to drop by 85%, since areas that produce wine, like Napa and Sonoma counties are getting a huge temperature increase.
The unstable weather conditions are forcing strawberries to grow slower or abnormally fast depending on the type of weather. Extreme heat is reducing the production of the fruit, which will get more expensive in the next years.
6. Maple Syrup
The sugar maple tree needs abrupt temperatures to grow. It needs freezing temperatures during the night and a bit milder weather during the day, something that is in jeopardy due to climate change.
Sorry to hear that, but coffee grows faster and better when bees are flying around its crops. But, due to the rapid extinction of them, coffee production in Latin America is expected to drop by 88% by 2050.
Bananas need moderate weather to ripen and lots of water to thrive. Farmers are already spending too much money on irrigation systems, something that shows that the future of the fruit is unknown.
Like I said before, I don’t know if individually we can do something to help the climate change, since there are way more powerful forces that influence the climate, but making small changes in our everyday life will probably be a useful idea.