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How climate change transforms our eating habits

What will we eat when climate change disrupts traditional agriculture? In her new book, The Fate of Food, environmental journalist Amanda Little deals with a topic that we will all have to face in the near future as a result of climate change.

Heat waves, droughts and floods will radically transform our nutritional habits. What impact will that have on humanity? What will we eat? Where and how will the food be produced? How much will we pay for it? The author sought answers to those and similar questions in her new book.

In her interview with Vox, Little said: “Climate change is becoming something we can taste.” According to the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), by the middle of the century, global warming will reach the limit value at which agriculture as we know it today will no longer be able to supply humanity with food.

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The author claims that disturbances of the food supply are already very much in evidence today: the extreme weather phenomena of recent years have destroyed olive groves in Italy, peach orchards in Georgia, USA, and avocado farms in Mexico. The trend may even lead to mass famines in the countries worst hit by climate change by the middle of the century.

There are many plants that react quite sensitively to changes in climate. It is expected that the first foods to disappear will include coffee beans, wine grapes, olives, cacao, berries, citrus fruits, avocados and stone fruits.

Humanity has got itself into this mess, says Little, but it is not too late to get ourselves out of it. A number of recent innovations seek to find solutions to the projected global food crisis. There are two main approaches to the problem: one of them envisages a future of technologically upgraded foods (such as artificial meat), while the other seeks to make the food industry simpler and to return to technologies in use prior to the industrial revolution.

Amanda Little speaking about her latest book Video: YouTube/Salon
Further information: Vox

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