Impacts of Climate Change on Global Food System

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

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Dear Colleagues,

Despite attempts to increase agriculture production, access to food or food security, as it is more commonly called now, remains an unfulfilled dream for over 800 million of the world’s population. Recent studies have indicated that the global food system over the next 40 years will experience significant pressure due to convergence of multiple factors, including population growth, low public-sector investment in agriculture, practice of traditional farming activities, lack of access to inputs and credits, volatility of food market, and unequal land distribution. Any one of these factors will likely pose significant challenges, but together they constitute a major threat to food security. Overarching all of these issues is the impending threat associated with the uncertainty of changing climate and its consequences in global and regional food production. Understanding potential consequences of climate change to food production is a useful precursor to assessing impacts and adaptation needs for future. The papers in this Special Issue will build on the insight that effective responses to climate change require careful assessment of the impacts and draws attention to the broader adaptive practices. More specifically, this Special Issue focuses on analyzing technological and institutional innovation in the contexts of adaptation to climate change and associated variability to food security. More specifically, we encourage case study that shed light on best practices of climate adaptation in response of food security.

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  • food security
  • impacts
  • innovation
  • adaptation
  • best practices

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Anthropocene Crisis: Climate Change, Pollinators, and Food Security
by Jennifer Marshman, Alison Blay-Palmer and Karen Landman
Environments 2019, 6(2), 22; - 21 Feb 2019
Cited by 54 | Viewed by 19999
In this paper, we propose a new approach—understood as a whole-of-community approach—to address a dualistic and dysfunctional human/nature relationship. Of particular concern is the decline in health and numbers of the insects that pollinate an estimated 90 percent of the Earth’s flora and [...] Read more.
In this paper, we propose a new approach—understood as a whole-of-community approach—to address a dualistic and dysfunctional human/nature relationship. Of particular concern is the decline in health and numbers of the insects that pollinate an estimated 90 percent of the Earth’s flora and an estimated 35 percent of global crop volume. Specifically, bees provide the majority of biotic pollination and play a critical role in food crop pollination. Multiple factors are contributing to this growing problem including a changing climate. In 2016, the International Commission on Stratigraphy agreed that the concept of the Anthropocene—the human epoch—is of sufficient scale to be considered part of the geological time scale. This indicates that these crises are not random or passive—they are largely the direct result of human activities. Despite decades of awareness of these socio-ecological issues, they continue to worsen. In addition, the growing awareness of the critical role of pollinators is creating a new understanding of our interconnectedness with the “natural” world. We introduce the Bee City movement as a way to operationalize a whole-of-community approach. Individual action is critical, but addressing pollinator health in these forums legitimizes and provides an institutional space for otherwise fringe, or even marginalized, activities and more coherent spaces for habitat creation. Full article
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