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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