We are all aware of the effects of global warming on our environment. The increase in pollutants in the air and water supply also pose a great health to the human health. The changes taking place in climate affect both water and food supply. According to studies carried out, the average global temperature can increase from a range of 1.4-5.8 degrees C. the effect is reduced freshwater resources and a decrease in agricultural production at the end of the 21st century.
Another study carried out by World health organization indicates that the changes in climate will likely cause 250,000 more deaths per year between the years 2030-2050. Just as we equip ourselves with gun safety tips for safe gun use, it is equally important to implement measures that will reduce climatic changes.
The following are ways in which climatic changes impact negatively on your green foods.
#1: Reduced food supply
Climatic changes impact negatively on the production of green foods. This is because of the rising temperatures that bring about floods, heat waves, droughts and winter storms. With such effects, it becomes difficult to grow foods like coffee, avocado and much more. According to a study by IPCC in 2014, a decade of warming reduces the amount of food produced by 2 percent.
These negative changes in climate also cause food spoilage and contamination hence a lot of food ends up wasted.
The effects of high temperatures also impact negatively on our health. This is because we are exposed to air that is contaminated and this leads to respiratory diseases. After a long exposure to high temperatures, there is a high risk of getting diabetes, kidney and cardiovascular diseases.
#2: Less farming land and unreliable crops
When there is flooding, the available land for farming green food reduces. For instance, flooding in Mississippi and Missouri rivers can bring a reduction in corn production in the United States by 27 percent among other green foods.
Changes in rainfall patterns also cause a double threat to farmers. When either of the two is extreme, many crops end up being destroyed. For instance, flooding sweeps away the topsoil that is fertile and droughts dry it up leading to low food production.
Additionally, when the weather is extreme, getting reliable crops becomes hard. Climatic changes like torrential down powers and tornadoes damage the land that would have been otherwise used to grow crops. When there is an increase in these changes, it is difficult to depend on a steady supply of food and this cause high price for the little food produced.
#3: Increase in CO2 and food spoilage
When there is an increase in carbon dioxide, this means less protein. High levels of carbon dioxide bring about an increase in carbohydrates and reduce protein concentration and other essential minerals in plants. This is bad because taking food that is high in carbohydrates and low in protein is not recommended. Crops also tend to decline and this brings about undernutrition, high food prices, and hunger. When there is a high carbon dioxide in the air, staple crops like soy and barley become less nutritious.
The changes in climate also affect the lifespan of green foods. With high temperatures and other forms of climatic changes, there is a high increase of food spoilage and contamination. Food goes bad within a short time and this causes more food wastage.
Other ways in which climatic changes affect us
Apart from causing adverse effects on the growth of green foods, climatic changes also pose a health risk to us. The effects and remedies of such problems will vary depending on the gender, age, location and social economic status. The following are the ways in which people suffer as a result of climatic changes:
- Power outages
- Brings occupational hazards
- Hotter days and more rain bring about infections
- Mental issues like depression, anxiety, and suicide
- Chronic water shortage and drought
- Brings about water-related illnesses
There are different ways in which climatic changes impact badly on your green foods. It is also important to note that the production of food itself is another cause of greenhouse gases and environmental degradation. Research indicates that food production causes up to 15 percent of all emissions. We should try and make food production sustainable and low in carbon and this will gradually impact positively on the climate.
Countries like Australia have the highest greenhouse gas emission rate per person as compared to other industrialized countries. If this continues, the effect of global warming in the world can be problematic. In as much as some climatic changes cannot be reversed, we can all take positive action and this will slow down the pace in which climate changes take place leading to reduced global warming. If we change our lifestyle and behavior, we can reduce the rate at which we impact the environment.
About Gloria Stokes: Gloria Stokes is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences and express herself through her blogs.