If you need more proof that climate change is destroying the world, consider your favorite foods and beverages. Changing temperatures, unpredictable rainfall, and record droughts are affecting production of honey, coffee, chocolate, and bourbon—just to name a few. Do you want to live in a world with no coffee, no chocolate, and no bourbon? Didn't think so.
During the last 18 months, bread shortages have become a frightening reality. Since last year, grain prices worldwide have nearly doubled as a result of heat, drought, and wildfires in Russia, as well as floods in Australia. Damaged wheat crops this past year played a factor in the Arab Spring uprisings, as bread has long been the levy against starvation. And this year's climate assault on the world's wheat crops is only the beginning, experts say. Over the next 20 years, expect bread prices to rise 90 percent. In response to a wheat shortage, companies like Glencore and Cargill have moved to monopolize the market, setting themselves up for extreme profit if the world's wheat continues to decrease.
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