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IN OMG! ON 26 Nov, 2015
Remember the opening sequence of the movie Interstellar, where corn is the only crop still surviving; turns out that's not too distant a future. Predictions are, that by the rate the temperature changes are occurring on this planet, by 2050, only the starchy staples like corn and soy would survive. Apart from the climatic changes, one more reason for the disappearance of food is the genetic resources to plans are being lost.
As per the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, about 75% the plant's genetic resources are extinct. Over the years we have enjoyed a wide variety of foods, different kinds of fruits, cuts of meats, cereal, drinks, and what not. But because we humans love our genetically modified food, we no longer have the original DNA for plants, that don't need a specific temperature or moisture.
Having said all of this, if nature has shown us anything over the years, is that it fights back! Mother nature manages to find one way or other to thrive in the harshest of the conditions. There is a possibility that the nature might make a few modifications in itself to accommodate, but we have to realise that we can't take even the things like food, for granted.
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Several species of fish are disappearing as a result of over fishing and warmer oceans. Ever the big fish are not growing enough because of the low dissolved oxygen in the warmer oceans.
Imagine waking up in the morning, all drowsy, disoriented, and you don't have any coffee. Sucks, doesn't it? Now imagine an entire life without coffee. That's what might happen in the future.
No banana bread, no banana muffins, no banana smoothies, loss of hundreds of puddings, and worlds favorite breakfast fruit, rich in micro nutrients and potassium, will be gone. That's what would happen if we loose bananas. Although bananas have seeds, but what we consume are cloned bananas, which might get extinct.
Yes, the food of Gods, the symbol of love, the biggest achievement of humans as far as food goes, might be lost to temperature changes. Cocoa beans are majorly grown in the Ghana region, and due to the increase in temperature along that belt, chocolate might become something we only read about in books.
Over the years, bee colonies are mysteriously disappearing. And guess who are needed to make honey? Yes, its the bees. Not only honey, bees are essential for pollination of several other foods such as cucumbers, avocados, watermelons etc.
The sweet liquid gold you pour over your pancakes is loosing its sweetness. Maple syrup, primarily grown in cooler parts of the northern America and Canada, is loosing its sweetness due to increasing temperature, which leads to shorter snap time.
Global warming leads to lesser rainy days, which leads to a reduced wheat production. Wheat is the major ingredient in pasta production.
Peanuts are a very fussy plant. They require certain temperature, the correct moisture, and a cool underground temperature to grow. With these climatic conditions getting hard to find, we might have to bid a farewell to these lovelies.
Okay, to be fair, not all ice cream, but certainly the ones made from the natural flavorings. Brands such as Hagen Daz, who have 40% of their flavorings pollinated by bees, face a big threat. So the good news is that, cheap, artificially flavored ice cream will be available.
If you know anything about wine, you know that temperature is critical for wine production. Right from the raw materials, grapes, to the finished product, wine, all are very particular about the temperature ranges they are in. And one thing global warming is doing, is making the temperature unfavorable.
Yes, my heart aches while I tell you about this baby, BACON. WE ARE RUNNING SHORT OF BACON. The temperature changes have stunted the growth of pig grub, much like soy and corn. A stunted pig means, lesser bacon production, which would mean lesser bacon per person. And we all know that there is no such thing as enough bacon, so cutting it down is basically third degree torture.