So, imagine my surprise when I was scrolling through my Facebook news-feed the other day and saw on a friend’s status that we are running out of chocolate! I admit to being slightly miffed at having had no idea that this was occurring.
Anyway, after I managed to calm the panic attack, I decided to have a little nose and discovered that there are quite a number of things that the world is reportedly running out of and I had no clue! And, being the kind-hearted person I am, I have decided to share this information with you!
Read on to learn about 5 things that the world is running out of.
This seems as good a place as any to begin. We’re running out of chocolate. Well, cocoa beans to be exact and there doesn’t seem to be any way to prevent it! Because cocoa bean crops are being removed to make room for rubber plantations it is predicted that we will run out of this vital ingredient to chocolate in around 7 years.
Fear not, however, as there will be a delicious, bendy new form of chocolate that will possibly hit the supermarket shelves. Bulked out with nougat, raisins, sugar and vegetable fat, these yummy sounding treats will undoubtedly appeal to even the most discerning chocolate connoisseur.
Who am I kidding? Go! Stock up on chocolate!! Or better yet donate to those schemes that aim to support cocoa bean farmers and save our chocolate!!
No more floaty balloons for you! Helium must be used only for serious past-times, like providing amusing, squeaky voices. But just how can a seemingly natural resource be running out?
Well, unlike some natural resources, helium is non-renewable. It was created millions of years ago as a by-product of decaying radioactive rock and because it is so light it leaks out into space unless it is trapped and contained. It is also heavily used by us and unless we learn to be more careful it is predicted to run out in around 30 years from now.
OK, so I admit I laughed a little when I read this one. I wondered how on earth we could ever run out of bacon! Thankfully this doesn’t seem to be an apocalypse that’s coming our way any time soon, but it would appear that the price of bacon, and pork in general, will likely rise significantly over the coming years due to a number of factors, such as increased cost of raising pigs and the illness Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus that has an 80% – 100% mortality rate.
Hopefully this little problem will sort itself out soon, after all, what’s a BLT without the bacon?!
I am extremely dismayed by the news that we will soon be facing a wine shortage. According to recent reports, the world’s population of wine drinkers is increasing, whilst wine production isn’t. In fact, over the last couple of years Europe, which brews around half the world’s wine, has seen a decrease in production of around 25%.
Coupled with poor harvests, this makes very grim news indeed.
We’ve heard this little environmental cliché so often, it can get a tad boring, but it’s true. If we’re not careful with our precious water reserves, we could see major shortages in the not-too-distant future. In fact, many places do indeed suffer from water shortages and rationing on a regular basis and it’s only likely to get worse, if we don’t put more effort into maintaining and securing our current freshwater supplies.
Many people don’t see this as an issue because of the sheer volume of water on this planet, but freshwater only makes up 3% of the overall water available. With population rising and natural disasters damaging our freshwater reserves, this is a problem that certainly doesn’t appeal to my happy place.
What do you think of my list? Do you know of anything else that we’re running out of? If so, pop a comment below and tell us about it.