According to a landmarks study conducted by an international group of scientists led by the UN, climate change has unlimited harmful effects over the world and if people do not make serious changes to how they raise livestock, grow food and manage forests, this will become a more severe problem, as the phenomenon would affect our food supply.
What is this recent UN study all about?
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) created a report which examines how the atmosphere of the Earth is getting warmer due to the land use around the world. Humans’ water and food supplies are threatened by climate change as the report details: the soil is degrading, arable land turns into deserts, the threat of droughts, floods, and other extreme weather is increasing, and crops have to suffer.
The biggest reason why the climate is changing is the automobile tailpipes and fossil fuel-burning power plants while only 23 percent of total human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are coming from forestry and agriculture.
How can we solve the food supply issue due to climate change?
The director for global climate strategy at the Nature Conservancy, Jennifer Tabola, said in a statement that it is widely known that the over-exploitation that humans do on the lands of the Earth is driving the global change and these issues must be addressed as soon as possible.
In addition to that, she also mentioned a solution that we need to make our choice. We need to balance the nature and the needs human development has instead od sleepwalking into a future of eroding soil, failing farmlands, dwindling food resources, and collapsing ecosystems.
Compared to preindustrial levels, the world leaders agreed in Paris almost half a decade ago that they need to keep global warming to “well below” 2 degree Celsius. The world has already warmed 1 degree even though they aspired to limit it to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Karen and her husband live on a plot of land in British Columbia. They aim to grow and raise a significant part of their food by maintaining a vegetable garden, keeping a flock of backyard chickens and foraging. They are also currently planning a move to a small cabin they hand built. Karen’s academic background in nutrition made her care deeply about real food and seek ways to obtain it. Thus sprung Anna’s interest in backyard gardening, chicken and goat keeping, recycling and self-sufficiency.