Favourite Foods That Will Vanish Shortly
In this second article of the ongoing series, we look at how seafood, maple syrup and beans will soon be a distant memory, due to man’s constant abuse of the environment and his growing disregard for nature.
The threat of growing carbon dioxide is not just impacting the land but is also affecting levels of CO2 in the ocean. This phenomenon is threatening a wide range of edible sea creatures due to ocean acidification taking place from the rise of carbon dioxide. For instance, young oyster shells and other calcifying creatures are growing less and less sturdy over the years, as the acidity of the oceans is increasing. Environmental experts and scientists in the United Kingdom are of the opinion that due to man-made carbon dioxide, the levels of acidity in the ocean have increased by over 30% since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Another recent study reveals that fish are not adapting to the acidification as fast as the levels of carbon dioxide are rising and hence a number of species are at a risk of collapse. Some sea creatures such as lobsters and tropical fish are migrating to cooler habitats towards the north, which in turn is causing other problems such as becoming susceptible to parasites, thus weakening the species. On the other hand, lobsters have a tendency to consume everything in sight and hence the move of moving north is putting native habitats of other species in danger of disappearing.
Sugar maples are under extreme duress due to the ongoing phenomenon of drier summers and wetter winters. Sugar maple trees require freezing temperatures to enhance the expansion and contraction process of producing maple syrup from the sap of the tree, but due to the rising temperatures the maple sap is flowing earlier than expected. According to agricultural experts, the production of maple syrup will be pushed up to a month by the end of the next century. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the maple syrup industry is likely to move northwards in areas where the trees can fare better in cooler environments, while maple trees in areas such as Pennsylvania may not live through the shift. According to the Climate Change Tree Atlas developed by the USDA Forest Service, it is seen that sugar maples are likely to lose some habitat in the near future. Although the federal agency is of the opinion that maples trees will not necessarily vanish completely from the landscape, fewer trees will be able to survive the already stressed environment thus bringing down the availability of maple syrup.
Throughout Africa and Latin America, beans are the staple diet of a majority of the population. But recent research indicates that this hearty legume might drop further in the face of rising temperatures and changing climate. Recent reports and research shows that high temperatures are impacting the production of seeds and flowering bean vines, thus cutting down yields by as much as 30%. Specifically in the growing areas, excessive rain in the form of deluges and stormy weather are further likely to vanquish the crops as well. Beans require low temperatures to rise and are extremely sensitive to climate change which is why they do very well in hilly areas around East Africa. Unfortunately, temperatures continue to stay on the high, even at night, which is significantly impacting the productivity of beans.
Health and fitness genre has always topped the chart when it comes to Karishma’s writing portfolio. She is experienced article writer, who writes on varied topics but her interest lies much in the natural health care remedies. She also contributes articles about Ishapur Turmeric Curcumin, the natural powerhouse of health.