20 Things That May Be Gone from the Earth by 2050

Vanilla

If you are a stickler for authentic vanilla extract, this might be depressing news. Experts report a worldwide shortage of vanilla beans.

The orchids from which the beans sprout are difficult to grow and the process of preparing them for use is long and tedious.

Its high price has made it attractive to thieves, leading many growers to give up on their crops. Coupled with deforestation, this could result in the plant becoming largely extinct in future decades.

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