Climate Change: Affecting Our Food Sources

The Rapidly Growing Problem:

Global warming isn’t a new topic, but it’s certainly an important one. The increase in atmospheric temperature, due to greenhouse gasses, consequently alters the climate. All crops are designed to grow under parameterized conditions, and the change in climate is beginning to extend beyond the necessary growing conditions. Climate change is affecting our food sources. Without the proper environmental circumstances, we begin to see a shortage of the foods we love.

You might be wondering, what foods am I talking about. Out of many, here are 10 of the soon to be endangered foods.

 

Chocolate

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Maple Syrup

How climate change is affecting our food
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Avocados

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Coffee

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Bananas

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Peanuts

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Strawberries

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Apples

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Agave

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Algonquin Squash

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 How We Can Help:

It would be a tragedy if we were to lose these foods. Before climate change knocks out other crops we love, let’s all do our part to combat global warming. But the important question now stands, what can we do?

Consider changing methods of travel. Personal vehicles are notorious for producing a lot of pollutants that live in the air. If the destination is not far, ditch your car and walk or bike. If you are traveling a longer distance, explore your options. The most common option for those living in an urban setting is to take public transportation such as a bus, subway, or train. For those where public transportation is difficult to access, try carpooling with a friend.

Change the temperature on the thermostat. Increasing the temperature during the summer months and decreasing the temperature during winter, lowers the demand for a heat or cooling system. A smaller demand reduces the amount of energy consumed by these systems.

Lastly, eat local foods whenever possible. Foods from far away must make a long journey before landing in your home. From the greenhouses, refrigerators, trucks, planes, warehouse, etc., a lot of resources are used in the food’s journey. By buying local foods, the demand for imported foods decreases. Consequentially, fewer resources are needed.

Alaina Carstensen

Gastronomy Content Contributor

Alaina Carstensen is a high school senior at Milton High School. Alaina is a dog lover and a tea fanatic who absolutely loves being in the kitchen. She takes every possible opportunity to cook a fresh meal.