Today, 821 million people globally suffer from undernourishment. Alarmingly, this statistic has shown increases in the last two years. Climate change effects paired with unsustainable food systems create the perfect storm for global hunger epidemics – what’s it going to take to stop this?
Modern farming practices, though effective, wreak havoc on farmland. Overuse of chemicals and pesticides, excessive tilling, and heavy machinery kill soil and release high levels of CO2 into the atmosphere. For crops grown under these circumstances, the higher temperatures associated with climate change result in slow plant growth, while other extreme weather events decimate the land.
Today, US federal crop insurance encourages farmers to continue planting on degraded land by offering payouts for below-average crop yields. Another Dust Bowl may not be far off. Take a look at this infographic for more on the state of climate change, what it means for farming standards, and how its affecting global nutrition.