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Study: Extreme Weather Hammers Global Food System

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A new report released Wednesday says that the full impact of climate change and extreme weather events on global food prices is being underestimated and warns that without a more acute understanding of how global warming threatens agricultural systems-->

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 6:40 pm
When people stop eating animals, deforestation will end and we will moisten and cool again. Organic veg'n diet is perfect in all ways.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 6:53 pm

A new report released Wednesday says that the full impact of climate change and extreme weather events on global food prices is being underestimated and warns that without a more acute understanding of how global warming threatens agricultural systems and economies, governments will be unable to prepare for future disasters.

Extreme Weather, Extreme Prices, the report from Oxfam International, takes an innovative and focused look at how extreme weather events—such as widespread droughts and large floods—could drive up future food prices. Previous research on the economic impact of climate change on food systems has tended to consider more gradual impacts, such as incremental temperature increases and changing rainfall patterns.

“As emissions continue to soar, extreme weather in the US and elsewhere provides a glimpse of our future food system in a warming world. Our planet is heading for average global warming of 2.5–5°C this century. It is time to face up to what this means for hunger and malnutrition for millions of people on our planet,” said Oxfam’s Climate Change Policy Adviser Tim Gore.

Oxfam released its report amid their ongoing GROW campaign, designed to highlight the injustice of the global food system and offer solutions to create one that is more equitable, efficient, sustainable and humane.

Looking at a host of possible scenarios for the year 2030, the research warns that by that date the world could be even more vulnerable to the kind of drought happening today in the US, with dependence on US exports of wheat and maize predicted to rise and climate change increasing the likelihood of extreme droughts in North America.

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 6:56 pm

I wish it were that easy, but this is a far more complex problem then just having everyone become Vegan. Yes, the animals farms are a part of the problem, even worse is they way the animals are fed and what they are fed. That alone will not solve 50 years of deforestation, air, water and soil corruption and huge amounts of fossil fuels being used every year.

Cher C (1430)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 7:12 pm

Thnx for posting my friend!


Jason S (50)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 9:47 pm
thanks, good posting

Edo R (71)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 3:27 am
Thanks for sharing!

Ben O (171)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 8:25 am
...On a runaway train to the point of no return...and what do we do about it...???
30-40 years ago we had a chance to go for a sustainable development, now I'm not so sure...

Phil Wood (210)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 9:16 am
In the end analysis, we'll move to sustainable development. That's how nature works. How painfully in terms of lost lives and civilization is another question.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 10:21 am
thank you

Kit B (276)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 10:34 am

That is true, Phil. When and how we finally get to that point is an unknown, but forces of nature will win out in the end. We are living in a fantasy world believing that we have all the oil and natural gas that we need, that any day now the OIL companies will offer us a new idea, that will magically and inexpensively save the day. That is not why they are in business.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 11:24 am
Those that survive will do so only by adapting to the harsh environment of an increasingly hostile planet earth. Unfortunately, many more will perish from disease, famine, and wars over dwindling resources.

Craig Pittman (52)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 1:09 pm
The UN committee that deals with this issue is estimating a world average increase in food prices of about 10%. This will be dire for many folks on this planet.
Once acknowledged by the world governments climate change will be the next excuse to make major changes to our governance. (for the benefit of Corporations and the 1% of course)
We so need to change the way we are doing things.
Thanks for this article Kit.

Chelsie H (19)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 1:35 pm

marie C (163)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 2:42 pm
Thanks Kit great post

Christeen A (370)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 3:45 pm
A serious issue indeed. Thank you for this informative article.

James E (16)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 3:53 pm
Global solutions are needed for global problems and all America seems to be producing these days is partisan politics and stupid ideas like "legitimate rape."

. (0)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 4:20 pm
Noted and twittered

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 5:25 pm
Thanks for timely post Kit.

Susanne R (234)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 10:25 pm
This article made me think of something Mitt Romney said in his acceptance speech: "President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans," pausing for the audience to laugh at the absurdity, "and to heal the planet. My promise ... is to help you and your family."

If he and his speechwriters didn't realize that slowing the rise of the oceans and healing the planet IS the best way to help us and our families --then it just shows how out of touch with reality they really are.

Women in some regions of Africa are combing through ants' nests to find the insects' stored grain! It's either that or having their families go to bed with empty stomachs. Unless we deal with climate change and every other issue that causes people on this planet to be malnourished or starve to death, we're failing the global community. We need to hold our leaders and large corporations accountable. The corporations have to stop contributing to climate change and take action to reverse the damage they've caused, and the governments of all industrialized countries need to hold them accountable. And that's just the beginning.

Thanks for a very valuable post, Kit!

Gene Jacobson (290)
Friday September 7, 2012, 8:56 am
Climate change is going to cause droughts like never before seen. There will be huge amounts of rain in some areas, but America's "breadbasket" isn't one of them. We are going to have to re-learn a LOT if we are to survive what is coming and so far we show no signs in our leadership around the world that they even realize there IS a problem, let alone the faintest idea of its magnitude. What happens here in the next two hundred years is going to be horrific, whether we survive it as a species is even open to question. And we won't unless the world's leaders accept and take actions to mitigate what has been set in motion. It is hard to stop a speeding car, harder a speeding train, imagine trying to stop a planet hurtling toward self-destruction. That doesn't happen overnight and we don't have much more time than that to act, if we ever will.

Terrie Williams (798)
Friday September 7, 2012, 10:26 am
It all starts with us as individuals. Can we alone save what is left of our planet? Maybe, maybe not. BUT, we CAN start saving ourselves one by becomes several becomes many becomes an nation becomes the world. It all starts with one.

All IO can do is 1) plant a garden with drought heardy vegetables, nurture them, harvest them, preserve, dehydrate or can them. 2) Conserve the water we use as a family in the most severe ways possible (been doing that for the last 5 years. Most people don't even give a half-thought to how much water they use and WASTE every single day -- I do. For two human adults and three large/giant breed dogs, we use less, LESS, than 1000 gallons a month. 3) DO NOT spend your hard earned money on pre-packaged CRAP that isn't even food but is PHUDE. 4) People's way of living a 'convenience' life are going to have to change that way of life drastically or they wont survive at all. Relearn how to cook from scratch and how to put up your own produce AND your own meat (if you still eat it). 4) Cattle and pork will be a rarity in future and only if you can afford it, I can't as it is now and we eat very little of it, which really is a good thing. What meat we do manage to buy is from local farms/ranches and is grass fed not factory farmed. Hence expensive. One learns to truly appreciate meat when you cannot have a lot of it 5) If you really cannot do wiothout meat of any kind, learn to husband your own rqabbit hutch or chicken coop, or possibly have a couple of pygmy goats crop your lawn or if one is really industrious and has the land to do so, dig and maintain your own fish pond, catfish and trout do well farmed. 6) Buy absolutely nothing you do not need just because you want it or because you can. Learn to serw, crotchet or knit, it is a relaxing hobby but can be used to clothe ones entire family for a lot less than storebought. If one is really industrious, learn to loom and make your own cloth. 7( Severely conserve your electrical use. Turn up your thermostat bya few degrees. Your body WILL get used to it. Ours sits on 80 all summer, with ceiling fans it is cooler than you think. In winter we drop the heat to 60, close off rooms that are not in constant use and use the fireplace to heat what we do use, it is comfortable. If you do not have a fireplace, use space heaters and turn them OFF when you are not using the room. 8) Limit your gasoline use. Think before you drive, make a route to do ones errands that is most efficient. We use the truck only to the grocery store 2x month and to doctors visits. We are no longer in the workforce but when we were we commuted with 3 other people to reduce fuel costs and wear/tear on the vehicle. It can be done and it should be done. In future there may be no choice at all so start now.

These are only suggestions but ones my family already does. We do not think we are living in abject poverty but fruegally. And you know what? We have MORE time to BE with eachother and for the things in life that MATTER. We as Americans have had it very very easy most of our lives. Now, in the near future, we will not have it so easy or so conveniently. Do what YOU can for YOUR life and the life of your families. Anything one can do or do less of HELPS. And peeps, there will come a time when what little you have may be the only things that allow you to survive and being that precious, you WILL defend that life because there will always be someone out to do it the easy and convenient (to them) ways to TAKE and KILL for what YOU will have.

We share what little we have without being asked now. We will NOT share BY FORCE or intimidation. On that, you have my word on it.

David C (133)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 10:34 am
less food, weather extremes, drought, more people ---- a sad sounding future.....

its so sad how those already suffering and often less at fault for the global changes being made are going to be the most to suffer....


Kit B (276)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 12:36 pm

Thanks Terrie, some really great suggestions for those not already trying to institute those changes in their lives.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 10:01 pm
Thanks for the update.
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