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Feeding Ourselves Versus Climate Change

Touch the Soil News #272


For 2016, the Food and Agriculture Organization – FAO (a division of the United Nations) thought we ought to put climate change into perspective. That perspective being how climate change poses risks to global food production. Following are their some of their top concerns:


  1. 75 percent of the world’s poor and food insecure rely on agriculture and natural resources for their livelihoods. They are unprotected in the path of climate change.
  2. World food production must rise 60 percent to keep pace with population gains and emerging nations eating higher on the food chain.
  3. Crop yield declines of 10-25 percent may be widespread by 2050 due to climate change.

Headquarters building of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. The FAO is the only organization in the world charged with caring if the world can feed itself or not.

The FAO estimates we need to increase food production by 60 percent. At the same time we are likely to experience up to a 25 percent decrease in yields due to climate change. This means we might have to produce 85 percent more.

4. Rising temperatures are predicted to reduce catches of the world’s main fish species by 40 percent.

5. Deforestation and forest degradation account for 10 to 11 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Problem is that most of the deforestation has been done to make more agricultural land.

6. Livestock contributes 2/3 of agriculture’s greenhouse emission and 78 percent of its methane emissions.

7. Climate change can transfer risks of food-borne disease from one region to another – threatening public health in new ways.

8. Currently, 1/3 of the food we produce is either lost or wasted. The global costs of food wastage is around $2.6 trillion a year.

Specialists in analyzing family size around the world report that family sizes are decreasing in most all nations. Despite slowly moving to smaller families, African families still average two to three times larger than U.S. families.

One of the most revealing events that foretell how people feel about population is when their country becomes a target by large nations unable to raise enough food – and who are seeking to control the agricultural assets of other nations.

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