We don’t often think about the world running out of something. We can run out of certain things at the store, but there’s more of what ever it is someplace in the world. But there really are some things the world is running out of.
The world is running out of helium. That’s right, the gas that makes your party balloons float and makes you talk funny is running out. The United States controls roughly 80 percent of the worlds helium supply and since 1996 has been selling off the gas at below market price. This will eventually lead to a shortage and higher prices for a lot of things that need helium to manufacture.
We may soon be paying an incredible amount for a little chocolate. Chocolate is a favorite sweet for a whole lot of people around the world. Unfortunately, chocolate can only be grown in small regions close to the equator and most of those places are politically unstable. In West Africa, where the majority of the worlds cocoa supply comes from, farmers make only 80 cents a day for the difficult and time-consuming task of cocoa farming. Many farmers are simply not doing it any more.
A favorite of party goers everywhere, Tequila is in danger of running out. The recent high demand, and diseased cactus crops have seriously threatened the supply of tequila in the past but now it’s a different cause. Americas thirst for biofuels is to blame this time. Since 2006 when the Bush administration introduced new regulations to begin substituting gasoline with biofuels made from corn-based ethanol growing corn has been more lucrative. Because of this, more Mexican farmers have been abandoning their old cactus crops in favor of corn to ship off to the U.S..