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Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, such as through variations in the solar cycle. But since the 1800’s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas.
Climate change has the potential to negatively impact the nutrient value of plants, soil organisms, food stuffs, via a variety of ways. Climate change puts food supplies at risk. Floods, droughts, more intense hurricanes, heatwaves and wildfires can drive down crop yields, destroy livestock, and interfere with the transport of food. And rising carbon dioxide levels from human activity can make staple crops like rice and wheat less nutritious.
In this podcast the Sigma team take a look at the evidence on how climate change will impact nutrient status, if left unchecked. There will be also a look at what solutions have been put forward to tackle this issue. This episode will focus more on how climate change impacts nutritional & nutrient status, as opposed to converse (but equally important) issue of how food systems impact climate change.
People in This Episode
- Alan Flanagan, PhD – Research Communication Officer at Sigma Nutrition
- Niamh Aspell, PhD – Research Analyst at Sigma Nutrition
- Want to attend a live podcast event? We’re coming to London, Dublin and Berlin in October/November 2022. See here for more details.
- Episode with Hannah Ritchie, PhD – Environmental Impacts of Our Diet
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