Listen up: a warming planet has dire consequences. Including for your dinner plate.
We know. First, let’s get up to speed: Earth’s ecosystems – the natural way all living organisms and their surrounding environment interact – are a fundamental part of successful agriculture. Bees help pollinate plants. Wetlands help reduce the impact of flooding. Biodiversity makes sure soil keeps it 100. And on and on.
Yea Simba knows what’s up. Problem is that climate change is throwing a wrench in the (eco)systems. Let us count (some of) the ways:
Such an optimist. In some cases, higher carbon dioxide concentration could actually help some crops grow faster, like wheat and soybeans. And make way for more agriculture opportunities in areas that have historically been colder, like certain northern parts of the world. Although the flipside is that more frequent extreme weather could mean more crop damage.
Oh, there’s more. Agriculture itself is part of the problem. Livestock are responsible for about 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Pesticides used in farming can pollute soil and water. Clearing forests to free up land contributes to an increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. So there are two issues at play here. 1. How to make agriculture more sustainable. And 2. How to make agriculture more resistant to climate change.
That’s the big question. And it’s led to a pretty fierce debate. We get into that, plus the potential long-term impact of climate change on food security in theSkimm app. Every week, the app goes deep on a different news topic to give you the context you need to understand what's going in the world. Download the app now, and you get the first week free.
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