Affected regions: All major rice-growing regions
What we'd lose: Chinese lunch combo meals, Rice-A-Roni, most of the world's main daily starch
Even if you're looking at the direct effects of temperature alone, rice is in trouble. "As nighttime temperatures go up, the rice is going to have a problem flowering and won't make as many seeds," Nelson says. In addition to this direct heat consequence, rising sea levels will flood many rice paddies and disrupt water salinity levels, while droughts will lower production, raise prices, and further shame Westerners who are too clumsy with chopsticks to be able to clear their plates once a new grain is adopted.
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