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Are Your Favorite Foods Endangered by Global Warming?

By    |   Monday, 22 February 2016 06:40 PM

Scientists and economists are blaming global warming for the increasing scarcity and cost of certain food and drink items consumed by Americans and people across the globe.

Here are some of the foods that may be in danger due to global warming:

1. Coffee

A morning staple for millions of people, coffee is starting to show some of the effects of warmer-than-average temperatures in recent years. According to The Guardian, coffee bean crops across the globe are already being impacted as climate change spurs the proliferation of insects and diseases that decimate crops. Drought and excessive rainfall caused by climate change can reduce the volume of coffee produced, as well as its quality and flavor. "In Africa, the number of regions suitable for growing coffee is predicted to fall anywhere from 65 percent to 100 percent as the climate warms," The Guardian reported.

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2. Corn

Not only does a global rise in temperature affect the growth of corn, just as it does coffee, but the steady decline of available corn would have serious implications for the animals that need it to survive. "A global rise in temperatures of just 1C (1.8F) would slow the rate of [corn] growth by 7 percent," according to The Guardian. A study, the outlet reported, found that change has already begun, with corn production 4 percent lower than it would be with steady temperatures.

3. Fish and seafood

There are a number of fish species that are threatened due to overfishing and climate change, and the ones that are left may be getting smaller. "The biggest fish in the sea could be almost 25 percent smaller by 2050 because of global warming," The Independent reported from a 2012 study. Fish and other aquatic species are impacted by global warming in multiple ways: Warmer waters are not suitable for some, and others struggle with higher levels of pollutants put into the environment by humans.

4. Chocolate

Cocoa beans, from which chocolate is made, also are threatened by global warming. Higher temperatures, particularly in the African regions that supply cocoa, were predicted by a 2011 study to negatively impact yields as water supplies dwindle. "It's not that there won’t be any [chocolate], but the prices will likely be much higher. Both these crops [coffee and chocolate] are very sensitive to climate change, and increases in demand are outstripping our capacity to supply," said Andrew Jarvis, Leader of the Decision and Policy Analysis Program at CIAT, according to The Guardian.

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5. Peanuts

If you like your chocolate with peanuts or peanut butter, you won't be happy to hear peanuts also are on the list of foods potentially endangered by global warming. Peanut prices have been climbing as warmer temperatures and drought conditions wreak havoc on crops, leading to increased costs for consumers. With unpredictable, and possibly warming, weather conditions, many peanut farmers have sought out less fickle crops.

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