Beer Prices May Increase Dramatically Soon Because Of Global Warming
Massive global beer shortage is expected due to the rising temperatures caused by climate change
Without enough supply to meet the demand, beer prices are set to see an increase
Additionally, the beer shortage could have social and political consequences as well
The shortage of beer could lead to a new kind of social instability and prohibition in which beer becomes a luxury good that's more expensive but less available, especially for the working class.
"Really, the countries who love beer will suffer a lot," said the co-author of the study and a climate change economics professor Dabo Guan.
However, some have said that in comparison to other crops, barley is less important
Oldways Whole Grains Council program director Caroline Sluyter said that barley is less important compared to crops like rice, corn, and wheat that have seen reductions in the past.
"Those three make up about 50% of the world's calories, so they're huge in people's diets," she added.
It is reported that only about a sixth of the world's harvested barley are used for beer and the rest are fed to livestock.
"The aim of the study is not to encourage people to drink more today."
"We have to all work together to mitigate climate change," Guan said, adding that the study is trying to show how climate change will impact your quality of life.