Knowledge for better food systems

Interactive guide: Understanding food and climate change

The Centre for Ecoliteracy, a Californian non-profit, has produced a free interactive guide to understanding food and climate change, covering both how climate change affects the food system and how the food system contributes to climate change.

The guide can be downloaded as a free iBook for Mac and iPad users (see here); alternatively, a web-based version is available here. Don’t forget to take a look at the FCRN’s own educational resource, Foodsource, particularly the chapter Food systems and greenhouse gas emissions.

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While some of the food system challenges facing humanity are local, in an interconnected world, adopting a global perspective is essential. Many environmental issues, such as climate change, need supranational commitments and action to be addressed effectively. Due to ever increasing global trade flows, prices of commodities are connected through space; a drought in Romania may thus increase the price of wheat in Zimbabwe.

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