Climate Change Affecting Food Supply


Brendon Davis, Reporter

A new UN report has stated that global warming is affecting the land all around the world at an alarming rate. 75% of land is now being affected by desertification, making it impossible to grow any plants. That wouldn’t allow farming, causing a lack of food for animals. About 500 million people live in lands affected by this. With the ground itself heating, it will eventually spread even further which will drastically lessen the world’s food supply.

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Even fisheries are affected by climate change. With the waters warming and the ice melting, fish are migrating and changing their own diets, which is making it harder for fisheries to fish. About 3 million people in the world eat fish, so this will affect them by lessening how much food is available to them. Many foods that aren’t even inherently considered as seafood will contain fish products, like barbecue sauce has fish in it. Even makeup contains fish.

Along with sea and land, forests are being affected as well. Many trees have adapted to living in a certain temperature and with the average temperature climbing, these trees can not adapt fast enough. That causes a chain reaction; without trees many animals can’t find shelter or food, which then farmers can not find food to feed their livestock and that’s where places get food from, farms.

There are many different ways to help and slowly start to fix this problem, like using more solar and wind power which Image result for reforestationwill reduce fossil fuels, plant more trees to help expand forests and convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, and even driving less; driving less will reduce the fossil fuels emitted into the atmosphere. By doing these simple things, you can help and start reversing climate change before it drastically starts to affect the world’s overall food supplies and quality.