Here’s What Climate Change Could Do To Your Diet

Humans have been domesticating plants and animals for over 10,000 years, enabling our population to grow to over 7 billion people. Farmers around the world now face climate change and shifts in weather patterns that pose risks to their livelihoods and our food supplies.

To get a sense of what’s happening to address the challenges, I interviewed Dr. Catherine Woteki last week while I was in Iowa to moderate a roundtable at the Borlaug Dialogue.

Wotecki, undersecretary for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) research, education and economics mission area, also serves as the department’s chief scientist. (She also contributes to The Huffington Post sometimes.)

Our interview, lightly edited for clarity, follows.

What are we doing right in agriculture today?

We are producing enough food that we’ve actually made a big dent in the number of people who are hungry in this world. I think that’s one success that we should be celebrating at the same time we’re focusing the Sustainable Development Goals that have just been adopted globally to eliminate hunger over the next 15 years.

Is the issue getting the food to hungry people, as opposed to producing it?

It’s a combination of the two. Right now, we are producing enough food around the world to feed the population that we have. There are problems in distribution, there are problems in people not having enough money to get food, if it is available. There are also a lot of refugee crisis situations that we are dealing with around the world that are creating more hungry people. There are those kinds of problems that have to be solved.

But yes, to your question, we are producing enough food to feed the current population — but the population is projected to grow. From now —> Read More