Word of the Day: scarcity

scarcity ˈsker-sə-tē noun

: a small and inadequate amount

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The word scarcity has appeared in 263 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 28 in “Have We Reached Peak Plant Milk? Not Even Close.” by Victoria Petersen:

Some highly processed plant-based milks can also have a negative impact on the environment. Most ingredients used in plant milks are associated with a lower carbon footprint than those in dairy milk.

But many, especially nuts and coconuts, pose their own environmental problems. Almonds are typically grown in areas suffering from water scarcity, and increased demand for them is depleting the water supply in those communities. Rising demand for coconut is leading to increased cultivation and the potential for deforestation and the loss of biodiversity.

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