Extreme Weather Events Are Raising Food Prices

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Sometimes we may think global warming doesn’t effect us and yet it does. It leads extreme weather events or climate instability. 2010 had many such events like the floods in Pakistan and Tennessee. Watch this list of Top 5 Weather Events of 2010 to refresh your memory.

Extreme weather also effects food prices. That coupled with a recent spike in oil prices will show up in the price of food. An unusual weather event like some frost on an orange crop in Florida could lead you to less orange juice in the supermarket. Or crop failures could lead to less food that costs more. It is also being predicted 2012 will be yet another one of the hottest years on record.

More heat in the atmosphere leads to more extreme weather.

According to the Financial Times reportedly

the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s food price index, a basket tracking the wholesale cost of wheat, corn, rice, oilseeds, dairy products, sugar and meats, has jumped to a record high, surpassing in December the peak of the 2007-08 food crisis.”

That food crisis led to food riots in some countries as a staple like rice became too expensive for the average person to buy. An increasing world population also demands a lot of food.

This all makes it that much more shameful and outrageous that nothing much came out of the Copenhagen
or Cancun Climate Summits. Right now, that’s life…but it doesn’t have to be.

Src: climateprogress.org

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