The risks to critical crops are increasing as the world continues to warm, said Weston Anders, a NASA aide. He adds that the new research provides “a reliable way to assess threats to our food system that extend beyond the scope of our history.” “We have to think about these types of threats and the possibility that extreme weather events can lead to faster shocks on a global scale,” Anderson said in an interview with NBC News.
However, this is not the first warning about the impact of climate change on our food supply. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts an increased risk of hunger in the future. The various effects of climate change can hamper the production of staple crops such as rice, wheat and maize.
Irene Coughlan de Perez, a lecturer at Tufts University in the US, emphasized the importance of educating political leaders about the potential effects of climate change. This enables them to take timely measures to prepare for such a crisis. “It could be devastating for wheat crops if we have more heat waves than we’ve seen in the past. It’s very unlikely that places that haven’t experienced an extreme event or disaster like this would be ready for such an event,” Coghlan de Perez told NBC News.
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