Food production shocks ‘will happen more often because of extreme weather’

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A new report forecasts that shocks to food production (reductions of 5%-7%) will be three times more likely by 2040, because of increases in extreme weather brought about by climate change.

As a result, the position of people in developing countries will be “almost untenable” position, with the USA and UK “very much exposed” to the resulting instability and conflict.

Our current issues with migrants fleeing hostile homelands would look trivial.

“Such shocks could plausibly see the UN’s food price index… rocket by 50%, based on an analysis of how the market would likely respond.”

Last month a UK foreign minister warned that climate change poses a risk “equivalent to nuclear weapons”, in part because of its impact on food security.

SOURCE: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/14/food-production-shocks-will-happen-more-often-extreme-weather

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