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February 24, 2011

Climate Change Is Making Food Less Safe – Eat Drink Better

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While there has been extensive research on the effects of climate change on food security, less well-known is the effect of climate change on food safety.

But new evidence suggests that climate change is already putting the safety of our food at risk, and that things are only going to get worse.

Food security and food safety are inextricably linked. Climate change decreases food security by causing extreme weather that wipes out crops and livestock populations. And when food supplies are insecure, food safety diminishes.

According to experts at this year’s American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, when food becomes scarce, people consume more unsafe foods. For example, in areas where climate change has decimated food resources, illnesses associated with mycotoxin molds are becoming more prevalent as people try to stretch their meager food supply over longer periods of time.

Read the whole story via Eat Drink Better.

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