Accelerated global warming will have a huge impact on food supplies on our planet. It is most likely that the food shortage will triple and this will lead to major price shocks, according to a U.S. – British taskforce.
Compared to previous periods of time, when such shocks only occurred once every hundred years, now we might witness it every thirty years.
The fact that the world’s population is on increase mode is not helping much either. Another study looked deeper into this matter and reported that the number of people inhabiting the planet will most likely double by 2100. It is already estimated that the current 7.3 billion will turn into 9 billion people by 2050.
This means that food production needs to be 60 times higher by then. Unfortunately, the weather is not helping much and the representatives of the Taskforce on Extreme Weather and Global Food System Resilience are afraid this whole situation might cause civil unrest in the future.
“The climate is changing and weather records are being broken all the time. The risks of an event are growing, and it could be unprecedented in scale and extent. Globalization and new technologies have made the world’s food system more efficient but it has also become less resilient to risks,” stated David King, who is the British foreign minister’s Special Representative for Climate Change.
One of the most immediate and most important risks is the sudden increase in oil prices. This will rapidly spike up food prices as well, since exports will be more costly.
According to experts, the production of soybean, rice, wheat and maize in Asia, North and South America, which feed a very important part of the population will be so severely impacted by global warming that many people will suffer from hunger.
Obviously, the people who are most likely to be affected will be the ones living in poor countries, where food is already scarce and insecure. This is why the report advised countries not to limit export if faced with extreme weather.
Moreover, the experts urge authorities to make the necessary changes in agriculture in order to make production more stable and more resistant to climate change. Productivity also needs to be secured and increased to avoid massive starvation and huge price shocks that will impact everyone.
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