UN Warning: Food Is Going to Get Really, Really Expensive
The global food supply is on the brink of disaster, according to a newly published report by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
More than 100 experts contributed to the report, which concludes that climate change is already negatively impacting food production in real ways. And the problem is poised to get even worse if global temperatures continue to increase — though it’s not yet too late to avoid a total catastrophe.
According to the report’s authors, it’s getting harder to produce food in the face of more droughts, heat waves, wildfires, floods, and permafrost thaw.
Add to that the increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which decrease the quality of the food that is produced, and it’s clear we’re headed toward a future in which there’s even less food to go around — meaning the food that is available will cost more.