What are your favorite foods? I love olives, brie cheese, and cheddar cheese—especially with crackers and bread—but those foods may soon be in danger of extinction thanks to climate change. In fact, we’re going to have to say goodbye to most of our favorite foods because of climate change. That’s right—we can never eat these 7 foods again because of climate change…
The effects of climate change are felt around the world, but nowhere is it more pronounced than in agriculture. With rising temperatures, droughts, and floods, food production has been greatly diminished. In fact, according to a report from World Resources Institute (WRI), we will have to make some major changes to how we eat if we are going to sustain our global population.
This post highlights seven foods that will never be the same again because of climate change.
Beef is the most widely consumed meat in the world, and it’s likely that we can never eat it again. Beef production requires lots of land and water to grow fodder crops like corn and soy, which are necessary to produce cattle feed. According to a study done by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), livestock production accounts for at least 32,000 million tons of CO2e per year. Livestock contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than all transportation combined!
A study by the International Food Policy Research Institute has said that lamb and mutton production in the Middle East could be reduced by as much as 60% by 2050. This is due to a variety of factors, but mainly climate change. The Middle East is already one of the hottest places on Earth, with average temperatures at 49°C (120°F) in July, which is when sheep are usually slaughtered.
The number one food that will never be the same again because of climate change is goat. The goat population has been shrinking in many areas due to the effects of global warming. Goat meat is a delicacy in many countries, but there are many places where it is never eaten because they do not have access to the animals.
Pigs are a major source for the production of pork, which is one of the most popular meats in America. In the last few decades there has been a growing demand for pork products, especially in China. The problem is that pigs require a lot of resources to be raised properly- food, water and shelter. A 2010 study found that it takes almost 25 gallons of water to produce one pound of pork.
This is one food we can never eat again because of climate change. With a hotter planet and higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, eggs produced by chickens will be more expensive and less nutritious. The chickens themselves are expected to lay fewer eggs and not provide as many nutrients as before.
Chicken meat will also suffer from climate change. Chickens produce meat that isn’t as nutritious when they have to work harder to keep themselves cool because they can’t sweat due to their feathers.
As we all know, climate change is happening and it’s happening fast. With this rapid change, we will soon be unable to enjoy some of our favorite foods because they are no longer available or because the water has been contaminated with toxins. Sea creatures like salmon, tuna, swordfish and shrimp are becoming more scarce and the fish in the Midwest ocean have been contaminated with mercury. Fish is an important part of a healthy diet so if you love seafood as much as I do then these changes will really affect you.