Food Production Effected by Climate Change

Food Production Effected by Climate Change

The effects of climate change have been discussed numerous times, mainly with a focus on the ozone layer, the melting ice caps and the resulting changes in weather and water levels.

Often this is were the discussion stops.

This means, any other effects are easily forgotten, even if they may have huge impacts for years to come.

Food production needs to keep up with the constant growth of the world population, but studies show that this will get increasingly difficult.

The land used to grow rice, wheat and maize has been shown to be easily affected by climate change. This will affect the farmers capability of producing those crops and therefore their price.

Farmers are not the only one suffering due to climate change though.

Fisheries will also experience major financial impacts and a decrease in catches.

But maybe these food related problems have a food related solution.

A new study by researchers from the University of California - Santa Barbara shows that a slight change of your diet would not only have a positive effect on your own health, but also the health care system and the corresponding greenhouse gas emissions.

The study gradually replaced the intake of red and processed meats with an increased intake of fruits and vegetables. While doing so the intake of added sugar, dairy, eggs, fish or non-red meat was not reduced. The study showed that these diet tweaks not only reduced health risks, but also health care costs and emitted greenhouse gas per person.

Yannik Raupp

Yannik Raupp is a student at the Hochschule Rhein Waal in his hometown Kleve. He started his studies in Industrial Engineering in 2014, switching to Science Communication and Bionics in 2015. Yannik will finish his studies at the end of 2019. He currently resides in Kleve, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany.

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