No More Cheap Food With More People, Climate Change – UN Study

Food is only going to get more expensive over the next decade, according to a new UN study, notes Katie Valentine at Climate Progress.   Rising food prices will be increased by  increased demand for food and biofuels as a result of a growing population and higher incomes and standards of living, slower growth in food production, and rising energy costs.  Limited water resources and farmland availability, as well as price hikes on necessities such as fertilizer, are expected to slow the increase in food production worldwide. Meanwhile, the report notes that “increasing environmental pressures” — which include climate change-fueled storms, drought and flooding — will be one of the main factors slowing the growth of food production around the world. In China, for example, water shortages will be key problems facing food production as rainfall becomes more variable. There, also, the report notes: “Food availability will be impacted by changes in temperature, water availability, extreme weather events, soil condition, and pest and disease patterns.” Last year, a report from Oxfam warned that extreme weather events would cause food prices around to world to soar in the coming decades.

 

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Source

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/06/10/2121001/cheap-food-is-a-thing-of-the-past-report-warns/

Cheap Food Is A Thing Of The Past, Report Warns

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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