US Climate and Health Alliance

Climate Change Could Be Poisoning Your Food


By now, it’s fairly well-established that climate change is going to be a major challenge for food production. Rising temperatures are set to severely damage crop yields, lessen the nutritional value of important crops, and make large portions of the planet inhospitable to crop production. And some studies argue that it won’t be easy to innovate our way out of these problems, with data suggesting that developed countries have a more difficult time maintaining yields during droughts and heat waves — two things set to increase with climate change — than developing countries. Now, we can add one more terrible thing to that growing list: climate change could actually make important crops toxic to animals and humans.

Resource Type
Blog Post
Climate Progress
Resource URL
May 27, 2016
Organization Type
Health and Human Impacts
Food security Infectious disease
Climate and Environmental Impact
Health surveillance

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