Global Warming is the talk of much of the science community due to its drastic effect on the world we live in. It already has affected the climate, increasing the overall temperature of the water and the atmosphere. Animals now need to migrate or find new ways to survive in their ‘new environment’; many are having difficulty doing that and may possibly become endangered or even extinct. Many crops, such as rice, a staple food in many countries, have also been affected by the increase in temperature and droughts affecting availability and cost of these essential foods. Overall, the consensus is that global warming has a profoundly adverse impact on our planet.
What if I told you that one of the most appreciated leisure indulgence was at risk as well? Based on the article “Climate change is about to make your beer more expensive”, recent studies show that beer will become much more expensive. This is because production of barley, beer’s main component, will be reduced significantly based on the trend of heat waves and droughts over recent decades. Scientists predict that the best case situation will lead to a 15% increase in price and 4% reduction in consumption. The worst case scenario is 16% reduced consumption and at least 50% increase in beer prices. This is huge, considering all the jobs linked to breweries and the massive consumption of beer around the world. China is the world’s largest beer consumer and will lose 4.3 billion liters of consumption. Ireland will be affected the most in terms of price; studies predict it will go up five dollars per 500 milliliter. The United States will still be able to produce close to the amount of barley as it presently does, but since the rest of the world will lose a major portion of their barely production, the United States will need to export more barely.
It is amazing that even beer, a ‘commodity’ to some, is threatened by global changes in temperature and moisture levels. This is just one example of the profound impact of climate change, highlighting the need to address this issue to prevent further adverse affects . Hopefully one day we will ultimately put a stop to this beast and be able to say ‘cheers’ to each other and drink a non-expensive beer.
This was a really interesting read! It is surprising to me that this isn't more of a hot topic since beer is so universally liked and very much a social activity. Is there a possible GMO that could be engineered to make the barley plant more susceptible or suited for the future droughts and heat? I feel if this was more commonly known, there would be a stronger push for climate correcting policy from more groups of people.ReplyDelete
Posted by Jamie Courtney
Ya, I am also surprised that the issue isn't talked about more; maybe the big news sources haven't heard about it yet. GMOs might help to a degree, but plants still need plenty of water and stable weather conditions to stay alive. Hopefully scientists are finding ways to help reduce the effects of global warming.ReplyDelete