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Food and Climate

by on November 2, 2013

Food and Climate

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  1. This article is interesting in that instead of focusing on the rising sea levels or affects on weather in the future, it addresses the food dilemma that we are close approaching. It is a well known fact that our population around the globe has been steadily increasing over these thousands of years that humans have been the dominant animal. But people have yet to realize the affect that climate change has on our ability to sustain our population with food. When the weather changes, it directly affects crop production. And as of now I had only heard about the stock piles of food that are supposedly stored somewhere in the case of some huge environmental disaster. I have yet to hear people realistically discuss the lack of food that we will be able to provide for ourselves in the future. Even today, third world citizens barely can pay to eat the food that is there for them but can’t have because they’re poor. Today there is enough food for the entire world to eat everyday. However as this article points out, that may soon change. It is sad to see people focus on hypothetical and looming but obviously possible disaster situations rather than focusing on more realistic dilemmas such as potential food scarcity. This article opened my eyes to a problem that I had never really considered as a major result and affect of climate change.

  2. This article presents a unique outlook on the effects of climate change and an additional negative repercussion. In addition to glacial and arctic melting and changes in weather patterns, it seems that crop production will also suffer due to the increasing global temperature. With plants struggling to survive in their native habitats, animals will be forced to migrate to find food, likely leading to their endangerment and extinction due to the minimal amount of remaining wilderness worldwide. With a decrease in the world’s food supply, people will need to be more conscientious about what and how they eat. Disregarding the current amount of unacceptable starvation across the globe, if people in developed countries continue to consume food at the same rate as today while continuing to waste as much, more and more third world countries will suffer even greater due to the new limits in food production. However, it is highly unlikely that people of developed nations will reduce their eating habits despite the crop production decrease, which could lead to famine, war, and the Earth’s ultimate destruction.

  3. This article informs readers that even if crops in the U.S. are not significantly harmed by heat waves, we will all be greatly affected by global warming. The demand for food will increase as the population grows, and the supply will decrease as heat waves and rising sea levels wipe out crops. This will cause the price of food to rise. Communities that used to be able to support themselves will no longer to be able to if rising sea levels and heat waves destroy their farm land and crops, respectively. They will be required to get food from other communities, which will require transportation via vehicles that emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The cyclical nature of global warming seems very dangerous: an increase in greenhouse gas emissions will contribute to global warming, which may lead to the destruction of more and more land that was once used for production. Sure global warming may benefit some areas, like northern lands that are now marginal for food production, but the costs will outweigh these benefits.

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