The upwithclimate team has been thinking a lot lately about our diet can influence climate change. But as we have shown previously with our work on bananas, the converse is also true: climate change influences our diet.
As a recent example, the popular burrito chain Chipotle just announced that “Increasing weather volatility or other long-term changes in global weather patterns, including any changes associated with global climate change, could have a significant impact on the price or availability of some of our ingredients…In the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients.”
In another example, a study published in PNAS last year showed that with climate change, the extent of area suitable for viticulture (wine production) is predicted to decrease by “25% to 73% in major wine producing regions by 2050”. Even under more conservative climate change projections, the extent of wine growing areas is predicted to shrink by 19% to 62% by 2050.