Climate change could mean shortages in beer supply, study claims

Climate change could mean shortages in beer supply, study claims

Climate change could mean shortages in beer supply, study claims

The study noted that a decrease in beer consumption may be highly notable in markets that consumed the most beer by volume.

There is bad news for all beer drinkers across the world as climate change could set skyrocket price as well as dramatic global supply shortage in the coming future, as per a new study.

The worldwide study says bouts of extreme heat waves and drought will cut production of barley, a key ingredient of beer.

We know that climate change will mean less barley - but what about beer? Yearly Barley production could plummet from 3 to 17 percent basing on the gravity of the situations, research points out.

An global team of scientists from the U.S., Britain, and China examined the effect of climate change on barley over the next 80 years of timespan.

Again, price and consumption changes would vary widely from country to country, with the greatest price increases being concentrated in relatively affluent and historically beer-loving countries. The country could see consumption dropped by approximately 4.43 billion liters during the most severe climate conditions.

That's because the largest price increases will be found in affluent areas as well as beer-loving ones, while countries where beer now costs the most (like Australia and Japan) are not necessarily where future price hikes will be the highest.

The study, published in Monday's journal Nature Plants indicates in countries like Ireland, where cost of a brew is already high, prices could triple.

According to his report, consumption would fall by as much as 16 percent, or roughly the amount of beer drunk in the United States in 2011, and prices would double on average by the end of this century. So now they're telling us we can't even have a burger to go with that beer.

Caroline Sluyter, program director of the nonprofit advocacy group Oldways Whole Grains Council, said the results of the new study "are in line with other papers".

As it is often said "what is rare is expensive".

"Taking time as a global culture to really think about where we need to be putting those [agricultural] resources to maximize the quality of our food supply is a question that is becoming an increasingly important", Sluyter said.

Only 17 per cent of the globe's barley is actually used in brewing; most is harvested as feed for livestock. "Our results reflect impacts of extreme events as though they happened in the present day", the study says, adding, "Global population and socioeconomic conditions are also held constant".

"Although some attention has been paid to the potential impacts of climate change on luxury crops such as wine and coffee, the impacts on beer have not been carefully evaluated".

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