10 Favorite Foods Predicted to Go Extinct due to Climate Change
Climate change has always been on the news due to its negative effects on nature. Severe flooding, drought, melting ice glaciers, super typhoons and animals going extinct are the most common things we hear about the changing climate. But there is one thing that is unheard of when it comes to global warming issues -- that certain foods are disappearing because of it.
It may sound odd but it is something that is becoming an important concern today especially after food researchers published the result of their study on Public Library of Science. Apparently, the experts found that the rise in temperatures and intense weather, which are the norm today, are affecting food production systems in unfavorable way.
To sum it up, climate change has been revealed to be threatening the extinction of some food and sadly, most of the items are favorites. If things will not change and no steps are taken to save them, Mirror UK listed these 10 foods that could become extinct within the next few decades:
4. Rice and beans
8. Peanut Butter
10. French Fries and Potato Chips
According to associate director of the Center on Food Security David Lobell, the main problem for their possible extinction is the emission of too much carbon dioxide. While some analysts believe that the increase in CO2 is good for agricultural plants, the director strongly disagrees, stating that carbon dioxide is just one of the many other factors for growing crops.
"There's a point at which adding more and more CO2 doesn't help," Lobell said. He explained that other factors like water supply and drastic changes in temperatures may outdo the benefits from added CO2.
"Food may be one of the most apparent and immediate ways many of us will feel the impact of climate change. The general story is that agriculture is sensitive. It's not the end of the world, but it will be a big enough deal to be worth our concern," he further stated on The Guardian.
Finally, the experts say that people do not need more reasons to fight climate change. Just the extinction of the world's most favorite and important food items is enough to warn everyone that global warming is serious and it has to be dealt with now.
The researchers also hope that their study would influence organizations to work on global food security and come up with plans to boost crop yields again.