20 Things That May Be Gone from the Earth by 2050

Chickpeas

Did you know that chickpeas represent the primary source of protein for about 20 percent of the world’s population?

So, even if hummus or roasted chickpeas don’t make you happy, news of the plant’s potential extinction should make you feel blue. An extreme lack of genetic diversity, along with factors such as drought and insects, is threatening the legume.

Unless scientists can successfully crossbreed them with related plants, chickpeas could become a distant memory by 2050.

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