5 Thirsty Produce Items You Probably Won't Be Able to Eat Because of Global Warming

5 Thirsty Produce Items You Probably Won't Be Able to Eat Because of Global Warming
Source: AP
Source: AP

Whether you want to admit it or not, global warming is affecting many of our natural resources. The National Resource Defense Council writes that the resultant higher temperatures from global warming has exacerbated "many types of disasters, including storms, heat waves, floods, and droughts." California, for example, was plagued with a drought so severe that not even an El Niño-amplified flood could reverse it. California also happens to grow the majority of the United States' produce. If climate conditions worsen, or make weather patterns more erratic, here are some of the produce you won't be able to eat because they require so much water.

Read more: We're Going to Have to Work Twice as Hard to Contain Global Warming — But It's Worth It

1. Almonds

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It takes 1.1 gallons of water to produce just one measly almond.


2. Lettuce

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A third of a head of lettuce takes 4.1 gallons of water, which makes sense since they're so watery. 


3. Broccoli 

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One head of broccoli requires 5.4 gallons of water.


4. Walnut

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It takes 4.9 gallons of water to produce one tiny walnut.


5. Avocado

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It takes a whopping 74.1 gallons of water to produce a pound of avocados...

So enjoy these produce while you can. Before global warming makes these fruits, veggies and nuts unsustainable to stock at your local grocer. 


Source: Mic/Melissa Rosenberg


April 8, 2016 11:50 a.m. EDT: This story has been updated.

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Andrew Leung

Andrew was an editorial fellow at Mic. He is based in New York and can be reached at aleungnyc@gmail.com

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