10 Foods That Might Became Extinct In Your Lifetime

Posted by Muk Khatri in Food On 6th June 2018

Some of our most beloved foods such as peanuts, salmon, coffee and bananas may not be around for much longer. Value these foods because they may become extinct during your lifetime.

#1 Chocolate

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, cocoa plants could go extinct by the year 2050 due to climate change. But have some hope, scientists around the world are working to save cocoa crops.

#2 Honey

Honey bee populations are being decimated by pathogens, pesticides and climate change. As the world's bee population declines, so will honey production.

#3 Avocados

It takes a lot of water to produce our favorite toast topping. 90% of the nation's avocados are grown in California, a state plagued by a severely long drought, and avocados face an uncertain future if dry conditions persist.

#4 Coffee

Studies suggest that if climates shift by more than two degrees Celsius, rainfall patterns could change so drastically, that more than half of the world's coffee production regions would become environmentally unsuitable for growing beans.

#5 Bananas

A fungus decimated nearly all of the banana plantations in central and south America in the 1950s. Today, a new type of "Panama" fungus still affects plantations across the globe and could devastate crops in the future.

#6 Salmon

California is home to more than 30 species of salmon and more than 20 are in danger of becoming extinct within the next century due to habitat degradation and overfishing. This is why it's important for consumers to chow down responsibly.

#7 Peanuts

Peanuts are grown in very specific conditions and any change in weather disturbs the plant's natural growth cycle. Due to climate change, experts estimate that peanuts could potentially become extinct by 2030.

#8 Strawberries

Strawberries rely on cooler weather for ideal harvesting conditions, but have been exposed to warmer climates in recent decades, giving farmers less of a robust yield. But don't worry, researches are breeding berries to resist weather conditions, diseases and pests.

#9 Chickpeas

It takes an insane amount of water to grow chickpeas and many of the middle eastern countries that produce the little bean are undergoing severe droughts. Keep that in mind the next time yo reach for some hummus!

#10 Maple Syrup

Warmer summers, acid rain and unexpected frosts are harming tree growth and creating a shorter sapping season. Unless we make changes, we may need to find a new topping for our pancakes.

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