Chocolate lovers beware, the cacao bean is in danger! Rising temperatures and inconsistent rainfall has negatively impacted several African countries from which most of the world’s chocolate is sourced. The crops can’t survive the current weather patterns, and unless chocolate prices are raised to reflect the lack of ample supply, it will soon be hard to come by.
Breakfast may no longer include coffee or bagels and lox (smoked salmon), as salmon is becoming highly endangered. Salmon are cold water fish that need to live in water that is 50 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. With the rising overall average temperatures, the water temperatures are increasing as well, making it more difficult for salmon to survive in their natural climates. Habitat loss and pollution are also threats, as more people move in and build over and around rivers, the salmon become more endangered.
Spaghetti is facing dinosaur status! According to “The Australian,” scientists predict that due to climate change Italy’s durum wheat yields will start to decline beginning in the year 2020 and the crop will almost disappear from the country later this century. If climate change continues at the predicted rate, Italians would have to make pasta from imported ingredients, and sourcing ingredients from other countries just causes more pollution and a more significant carbon footprint.
Forget stirring it into your tea or sweetening your desserts, even Honey Nut Cheerios may become a thing of the past because honey is on the decline. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has noted that honey bees are now endangered, mainly due to the use of dangerous and lethal pesticides on crops. Bees that suck the nectar of flowers that have been sprayed with these chemicals have a tragic fate. Local beekeeping is one way to protect bees and continue producing honey.
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