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Climate change is pushing up food prices.

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According to USDA, one-sixth of all agricultural commodities are traded internationally. So what’s happening in many of these highly climate-sensitive countries means that it will affect how Americans eat and drink. it’s already happening. If you had a holiday dinner based solely on plants native to North America, it would be sparse and berry-rich. According to the United Nations International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries are the only food crops to grow on the continent, along with pumpkins and sunflowers. Most of the foods we rely on for a varied and healthy diet are genetically derived from strips of land around the equator, thought to be the source of up to 90% of the world’s biodiversity.

We either import food from these places or rely on them as a source of genetic traits that give commercial crops resistance to new diseases, pests, and extreme weather conditions. Potatoes are native to the Peruvian Andes, where glaciers are melting and mountains are flooding. Corn is native to southern Mexico, where rising temperatures and drought are reducing corn yields. Global corn yields will drop by 24% by 2030 due to rising temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and “increasing surface carbon dioxide concentrations from anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions,” according to NASA news service. There is likely to be.

In other words, much of the same land that is the source of our food diversity is in the countries most vulnerable to the devastating effects of climate change. is reflected in The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization concludes that “food price volatility is likely to be exacerbated by climate change.” We are closer to becoming a “climate-vulnerable” country than we think. Another way to convey the meaning of “loss and damage” to American readers is to start with America’s favorite drink. At least 60% of wild coffee species are ‘endangered’ due to rising temperatures in Ethiopia and other East African countries. Similarly, in Guatemala, another coffee-producing center, rising temperatures and lack of rainfall hurt coffee crops. By 2050, he said, the number of areas suitable for growing coffee will decrease by 50%.

A shortage of supply equals inflation. Coffee prices have increased by 40% in many parts of the United States. The main cause is extreme weather conditions (too little rain or too much heat). Look at the coffee label. Ethiopia, Indonesia, Colombia, Kenya, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Vietnam may all be entitled to some form of claim payment from the new fund. Climate extremes and those responsible have another impact on food prices.
A team of investigative journalists from Europe has done a very good job exposing the Persian Gulf corporations behind a series of food land grabs. and various companies based in Saudi Arabia. These companies play a dominant role in UAE North Africa food production due to the wealth generated from these countries’ fossil fuel exports. We will play against Africa, Southern Europe, and the American Southwest.

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