US Climate and Health Alliance

What Makes Agriculture Vulnerable to Climate Change, and the Mortality Effects of Fruit and Vegetable Scarcity


Gains in food production and increased awareness of global food security are threatened by looming losses due to climate change, according to a study published in The Lancet. Marco Springmann et al. calculate that climate change will lead to a 3.2 percent reduction in global food availability per person by 2050, driven by changes in weather patterns, increasing frequency of extreme weather, and potential social disruptions to food production like disease and conflict. Such a decline could lead to over 500,000 related deaths, primarily due to dietary and weight-related risk factors.

Resource Type
Blog Post
Environmental Change and Security Program
Resource URL
June 23, 2016
Organization Type
Health and Human Impact
Food security
Climate and Environmental Impact

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