Climate Change Is Threatening Global Food Supplies: UN Report  

The signs of climate change can be seen all around us, making it difficult to deny that this phenomena is happening, and that it is a real and serious threat to us all. According to a stark new report released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), climate change is now increasingly threatening global food supplies, with an estimated 821 million people around the world already suffering from undernourishment.

This important report highlights the growing burden that climate change is placing on global food production, agricultural production, and food supplies. The FAO report urges governments and leaders around the world to act quickly and decisively to address this pressing issue.

What Is Climate Change?  

At its core, climate change is a global phenomenon which is resulting from the burning of fossil fuels, which leads to the emission of harmful and polluting gases, such as carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. These gases trap heat, and this activity is known as “the greenhouse effect”. This extra heat warms the globe, and leads to the consequent melting of polar ice caps, increased sea levels, changes to global wind and weather patterns, rising global temperatures and much more.

How Is Climate Change Affecting Global Food Supplies?  

Climate change is having a profound affect on global food supplies, as it is a threat to the very survival of food producing systems. In recent years, global temperatures have been rising, leading to more extreme weather events and temperature fluctuations, making it increasingly difficult to successfully grow and yield crops. Other changes resulting from climate change, such as more acidic soils and nutrient loss, are having a profound affect on crop production.

  1. Abnormal Weather Patterns

One of the major climate change related issues affecting crop production is the occurrence of extreme weather events, increased temperature fluctuations, and drought conditions. These events are becoming ever more common, and crop production has suffered greatly as a result. For example, in 2016, the cereal production of the United States declined by almost 7% due to the intense droughts and heat waves that occurred that year.

  1. Soil Erosion

Soil erosion is also becoming an increasingly serious problem due to climate change, as soil is essential for providing nutrients necessary for crop growth. Rising temperatures and rainfall are leading to an accelerated loss of soil fertility. This is particularly concerning, as the soil takes a very long time to replenish itself. Without healthy soils, it is greatly difficult to carry out sustainable agricultural practices.

  1. Pests and Diseases

In addition to abnormal weather patterns and soil erosion, another major issue resulting from climate change is increased spread of crop-damaging pests and diseases. For example, the United Nations FAO report states that change in temperatures and humidity levels have made it easier for pests to spread and cause serious harm to crops, leading to decreased harvests.

What Are The Solutions To Counter These Problems?  

Fortunately, there are a number of solutions that can be implemented to help combat the effects of climate change and protect global food supplies.

  1. Sustainable Agricultural Practices

One of the key solutions to preserve crop production is to switch to more sustainable agricultural practices. By shifting to more organic agriculture techniques, such as natural pest control, crop rotation and mulching, it is possible to maintain healthy soils and crop production even in the face of changing climates.

  1. Climate-Resilient Varieties

Another important solution is the development of more climate-resilient crop varieties. By introducing new crop varieties that are better able to withstand extreme weather events and other climate-related stressors, it is possible to protect crops from climate change-related losses and ensure food security.

  1. Improved Infrastructure

Finally, improved infrastructure is key to successfully growing food even in the midst of climate change. Investments in infrastructure, such as irrigation systems, can help farmers to better manage their land and crops in the face of changing weather conditions.

Climate change is already having a dramatic impact on global food supplies, leading to decreased harvests and increased undernourishment. In order to ensure food security in the face of climate change, it is essential that nations act swiftly and decisively to implement the solutions outlined in this article. With the right approach, it is possible to help protect global food supplies and ensure that everyone has access to safe and nutritious food.