SANTA MONICA, California -- A recent report on climate change sees crop prices rising over the next 40 years as the globe heats up, according to an article published in the January issue of Food Nutrition & Science. Using computer modeling, researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) assessed the harmful impact of climate change on food security through 2050.
According to the report, climate change will cause lower rice yields all over the world in 2050. Overall, the report finds that between now and 2050, food prices could rise by 42 to 131% for corn, 17 to 67% for wheat, and 11 to 78% for rice, depending on the scenario.
"It's imperative that we start preparing for these issues now," says Phil Lempert, founder of Food Nutrition & Science and CEO of The Lempert Report and SupermarketGuru.com. "It's not only reducing greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change, but also helping impoverished nations invest in their people, land and irrigation to create the food that will feed their residents, but also provide economic opportunity in global trade."
Also in the January edition of Food Nutrition & Science, readers can learn about a Seafood Watch iPhone app called "Project Fish Map" developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The iPhone app allows users to identify restaurants and markets across the country that provide ocean-friendly seafood. And for those consumers craving fish on the Seafood Watch "Avoid" list, the app provides some healthy and more sustainable seafood alternatives.
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