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Thu Jun 30, 2022, 08:34 PM

Chilli peppers, coffee, wine: how the climate crisis is causing food shortages


Chilli peppers, coffee, wine: how the climate crisis is causing food shortages
Blistering heat, stronger storms, droughts, floods and fires are putting food production at risk

Victoria Namkung
Tue 28 Jun 2022 06.00 EDT


Sriracha fans are a passionate bunch. They have been known to get tattoos of the popular hot sauce on their bodies and dress up like the red plastic squeeze bottle for Halloween.

So itís no surprise that an unprecedented shortage of the beloved condiment would send loyalists scrambling to avoid a spiceless summer.

Huy Fong Foods, the southern California company that produces 20m bottles of sriracha annually, has experienced a low inventory of red jalapeŮo chilli peppers in recent years made worse by springís crop failure.

The cause? Severe weather and drought conditions in Mexico.

Itís not just chilli peppers. Mustard producers in France and Canada said extreme weather caused a 50% reduction in seed production last year, leading to a shortage of the condiment on grocery store shelves. Blistering heat, stronger storms, droughts, floods, fires and changes in rainfall patterns are also affecting the cost and availability of staples, including wheat, corn, coffee, apples, chocolate and wine. The climate crisis is increasing the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events Ė and itís putting food production at risk. ............(more)

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/28/climate-crisis-food-shortages




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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Jul 1, 2022, 09:39 AM

1. I thought this was what you are having for breakfast.

Carry on.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Jul 1, 2022, 09:44 AM

2. Yep, that's why they call it Global Warming.

It's just as depressing that so many people are in total denial that this is happening now. Not in 2050, NOW.

Climate chaos is a cascading event...nothing on Earth will be untouched by this.

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Response to Brenda (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 1, 2022, 10:18 AM

3. But we have snow in the winter!

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