Are We Really Running Out Of Peanut Butter?


Uh Oh. Peanut Butter has made the list of foods that may one day be extinct due to global warming. Nope, this is not a joke. But before you start hoarding jars of peanut butter (and maybe jelly, you know, just because.) in your pantry, take a deep breath.

We still have about 15 years worth of PB&J in our future before that last precious jar gets opened. And who knows, maybe scientists will be successful in their search to uncover that rare sturdy peanut that can stand up to climate change. They are researching options to avoid this horrible scenario as we nervously eat gobs of peanut butter by the spoonful speak.

Apparently peanuts are a bit particular when it comes to their preferred growing conditions. They do not like too much heat ( yea, we feel you on that one, peanut.) And they are not fond of too little rain. Yet, too much rain can cause moldy peanuts. No one wants to eat mold.

In short, climate change is not a friend of peanuts.

Remember that ghastly peanut shortage of 2011? Premium prices were paid for one of those sought-after jars of smooth (or crunchy) nutty goodness. Yea, we so do not want to do that again.

Excuse me whilst I run to the store. For milk. Really.