Get your peanut butter fix now - it could be extinct by 2030!
Climate change has a lot to answer for - it turns out that it could be responsible for shortages of some of our favourite foods in the future. Some of these foods may even become extinct.
Peanut butter cups anyone?
Peanut butter has to be one of our top foods - we're talking about the natural kind, with no added nasty ingredients. It's a great source of protein, whether you like yours on toast, with an apple as a post-workout snack or dolloped on top of your morning porridge for a healthy breakfast. But did you know that by the year 2030, peanut butter could be no more? Peanuts are difficult to grow as they need the right combination of rain and sun to thrive. With global warming, regions where the plant is grown are already suffering droughts which has led to many plants dying - and things could get worse. Researchers are already working on drought-resistant varieties of the plant, but the future for peanut butter looks uncertain!
Chocolate is another food which could vanish altogether or become increasingly expensive by 2030. Most cocoa is grown in West Africa - Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana, to be precise. With predicted temperature rises of 2 degrees centigrade this year, these regions, which already suffer from droughts, could struggle to continue farming cocoa plants which are used to produce our favourite chocolate bars.
Beer, glorious beer
The nectar of the gods, we all love a beer or two - and it's fine to drink, in moderation, as part of a healthy diet. If we don't do something about climate change, beer could cease to be on the menu in the pubs of the future. Hops, the main ingredient of beer, needs lots of water and sun to grow. Rising temperatures and changing water supply can drastically influence the plant's growth. Researchers are looking into more eco-friendly ways of growing hops, but it's too soon to say whether beer will still be around in 20 years time!
Three of our favourite things could vanish in the future if global climate change continues at the rate it's going at - we think that's pretty scary. We'd love to hear your thoughts!