US Climate and Health Alliance

Is Climate Change Turning the World’s Crops Toxic?


A newly-released report from the UN has found that extreme climate conditions around the world may be having a detrimental effect on our crops. In the face of elevated temperatures, certain crops are susceptible to produce more chemicals than normal in a bid to defend themselves. This accumulation of chemicals could be potentially harmful to humans ingesting the produce, causing a wide array of complications. The assessment of crop toxicity as a result of climate change was just one of six key areas in the report instigated by the onset of global warming, alongside such topics as plastic pollution and zoonotic epidemics.

Resource Type
Magazine/newspaper article
Environmental Technology Online
Resource URL
July 5, 2016
Organization Type
Health and Human Impact
Food security
Climate and Environmental Impact

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