Your 10 Favorite Foods Could Disappear In the Next 30 Years
Take a second to picture your favorite food. Is it pizza? Guacamole? Apple pie? In one way or another, the foods you love the most might not last the rest of your lifetime. There are many things climate change could alter in our everyday lives, no matter where you live. Unfortunately, that might include our food.
Find out if your go-to food made the list — and do what you must to make sure it sticks around.
1. Peanut butter
Climate changing is coming for your PB&J, the most nostalgic of all the sandwiches. Peanuts are just one of many plants that could suffer significantly if global temperatures and weather patterns continue to change over the next few decades.
Next: How will you eat toast without this?
Whether you love them or hate them, they’re the one fruit most people willingly reach for as often as possible. They’re so susceptible to drastic temperature changes, however, that Chipotle has already warned its customers guacamole might not remain on the menu forever.
Next: What will you dip in ketchup if you don’t have these?
3. French fries
They’re the saltiest, most satisfying fried side dish you can order — but you should enjoy them while you still can. Potato growers are worried that if global temperatures keep going up, they’ll run out of places to plant their crops.
Next: These plants need good weather conditions — and they aren’t getting them.
Appreciate your mom’s best chili recipe now, because you may have to make it without its core ingredient one day: beans. These fibrous, delicious plants don’t do well when the weather isn’t right. Too much or too little rain, as well as increasing temperatures could wipe them out.
Next: Could you survive without this?
We often forget that even the least healthy forms of bread on grocery store shelves start out as innocent wheat plants. Unfortunately, like many other plant-based foods, wheat might not survive the major changes Earth’s climate might endure in the decades to come.
Next: Many people around the world need this food to survive.
This grain is a staple in many households around the world. While you might see it as a nice addition to your burrito bowl, plenty of people actually depend on rice to survive. That makes its possible future shortage — or total disappearance — all the more devastating.
Next: It’s one of the healthiest foods around — and it might be disappearing forever.
Fish and other sea creatures might not be prepared to handle the upcoming changes to the ocean’s climate. That means you might have to give up your love of salmon for something a little less fishy, even though it’s one of the most heart-healthy foods on the planet.
Next: Yes, even your alcohol is in danger.
8. Grapes (and grape juice … and wine)
Wine drinkers, beware! That fermented grape juice you love so much might not stay on store shelves forever. Most vineyards survived the wildfires that swept through California in 2017, but they might not be as lucky next time extreme weather decides to throw a tantrum.
Next: The average American consumes 12 pounds of this every year.
Chocolate very well may be the best thing to ever come from a plant. That doesn’t protect it from climate change, though — or give you permission to eat as much of it as humanly possible before it’s gone. Cocoa production might start declining as soon as 2030. You might outlive it.
Next: It’s grown on almost every continent — but one day, you might have to say goodbye.
10. Coffee beans
Could you survive even a day without caffeine? One day in the all-too-near future, you might have to. Coffee beans are at risk of being destroyed by a deadly plant fungus — they call it “coffee rust” — believed to have developed because of higher-than-usual temperatures.
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