The “Food Change”
Over the past few years we have come to understand the significance of climate change and how it impacts our future. Each day we see the effects of climate change on the weather or the sea level but we often neglect the impact it has on our food production.
Human population is rising and for over two hundred years we are fighting overpopulation by building bigger cities which results in the need for more food resources. The current food production industry supports monocrops, industrial livestock production and intensive fishing. Such practices require a lot of land and have great impact to the flora and fauna of our planet.
Every year monocrops and large scale livestock production are proven to be more susceptible to changes in the weather caused by global warming. This practices in combination with rising temperatures require a lot of resources resulting in increased irrigation and reduced yields. They are also breeding ground for large populations of pests and parasites that are favored by the warm weather. Furthermore, fishing grounds are too at risk as warmer water and acidification of the ocean result in the distraction of coral reefs, the foundations of many of the world’s fisheries.
Therefore, we need to focus not on creating large scale food productions systems but distributing production across countries and managing fishing grounds. It is vital to support locally produced food using local plant varieties and animal species that are the best suited for the local climate. This can also help poorer communities to advance as they will use lands that now remain unused.
In conclusion, it is important for the youth to be informed about the above issues and collaborate to research and find solutions. This path that can lead us into a sustainable future in food production.