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Are These Foods Doomed to Disappear?

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Can you imagine a world in which your favorite foods didn't exist -- where you couldn't easily satisfy a chocolate craving by grabbing a chocolate bar at the nearest convenience store? Or a world where drinking coffee was a luxury rather than a necessity because it's too rare and expensive to drink every day? And what if you could never again drizzle sweet maple syrup on your pancakes?

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Not having these foods readily available could be your worst nightmare. The truth is that many of the foods we eat on a daily basis are endangered, and some could disappear in just a few decades.
Foods may become endangered when people change their eating habits, when a viral disease wipes out an entire species, when changes in weather patterns and temperatures make it challenging for a crop to grow, or for several other reasons.

  • Coffee
    Global warming is diminishing coffee bean supplies around the world. Coffee trees grow best at high altitudes in tropical climates, but due to changing weather patterns and increasing pest infestations, coffee yields are dropping. Photo Credit: © Flickr / Nic Taylor Click Here to see More Endangered Foods That Might Just Disappear
  • Honey
    Without honeybees, there would be no honey. Over the last several years, more than one-third of honeybee colonies in the United States have been wiped out from a disease called Colony Collapse Disorder. Photo Credit: © Flickr / John Mortimer
  • Maple Syrup
    Production of maple syrup, the pancake’s partner-in-crime, is declining due to lower levels of rain acidity, extreme weather conditions, and pest infestations from global warming. Photo Credit: © Flickr / Gert Lavsen Click Here to see More Endangered Foods That Might Just Disappear
  • Salmon
    Salmon, one of the world’s favorite fish to eat, is threatened by river damming, rising stream and river temperatures from climate change, diseases such as whirling disease and ichthyophoniasis, and pollution. Photo Credit: © Flickr / Tony Worrall Foto
  • Whitefish
    Many of our favorite fish foods, including fish sticks, fish and chips, frozen fish fillets, and fish burgers are made with fish that fall under a category known as whitefish. These fish include pollock, haddock, hoki, hake, cod, redfish, roughies, whiting, and Chilean sea bass. They exist all over the world, and most species are overfished for commercial harvesting, with classification ranging from vulnerable to endangered. Click Here to see More Endangered Foods That Might Just Disappear Photo Credit: © Flickr / David Ascher

One particularly devastating disease known as Panama disease is threatening the world's supply of bananas. Rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns from global warming are creating unsuitable conditions for growing the chocolate crop, cocao. Production of maple syrup, the pancake's partner in crime, is declining due to lower levels of rain acidity, extreme weather conditions, and pest infestations from global warming.

So we ask, are these foods doomed to disappear? Read on to learn more about these and other endangered foods.

-Haley Willard, The Daily Meal

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