Foods that could soon be extinct

Published: 07 September 2016

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In the not too distant past, pepper - something that is found on readily available in every supermarket and on every ‘dirty diner’ table all around the world - was once a scarce and precious commodity worth more than its weight in gold.

So was tea, nutmeg, and a range of other spices and it was all thanks to their rarity.

It’s a problem we can’t imagine now thanks to technology closing the distance of travel, however it is a problem we may have to get used to again.

There’s a new threat that’s predicted to put our everyday favourite foods back squarely on the tables of the aristocracy, rich and famous within the next decade and it’s only a matter of time before they become extinct forever.

Climate change is threatening to wipe out many of our favourites, so enjoy them while you can and remember what they tasted like so you can tell your grandkids.

Firstly there’s avocados which require more than 270 litres of water to grow about half a kilo of the creamy green fruits, so you could soon be forced to bid goodbye the trademark Avo & Smash breakfast at your local café.

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And the humble hummus dip could soon be a thing of the past.

Chickpeas also need a ridiculous amount of water to grow meaning they also face extinction.

Honey, bananas, seafood, peanuts and maple syrup are also in the ‘climate change’ firing line.

However, most of you could probably settle for not eating another chickpea or avocado for the rest of your life.

But could you live without coffee, chocolate or wine? The two go hand-in-hand at the end of a hard day.

Sadly, these three crowd favourites are expected to be wiped off the face of the earth, some as early as 2020, unless we take drastic action.

It’s believed coffee could be extinct as early as 2080 because of rising temperatures which is causing an influx of fungi and pests to the land used to grow coffee beans.

According to Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut, cocoa supplies could also be completely diminished within the next 16 years - and we can’t solely blame global warming for this one.

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Our chocolate addiction saw the world’s population eat at least 70,000 metric tonnes more of the sweet than what was even produced last year alone.

However, rising temperatures and falling water supplies in African nations has resulted in an increase “evapotranspiration” in the cocoa trees, causing them to lose more water to the air and therefore reducing their harvest.

Okay, so no chocolate or coffee might actually be a good thing for your health. Right?

But living without wine is an entirely differently story.

Unfortunately we have some grim news.

Courtesy of warmer temperatures (surprise, surprise), almost 73 percent of Australia’s land could be deemed unsuitable for growing wine grapes by 2050.

So, you might want to stock up your cellar sooner rather than later.