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Climate Change Poses Food Distribution Risks, Experts Worry

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 17, 2012

* Bridges, roads could be washed away, hitting harvest transport

Coffee Coffee lovers may want to get that caffeine fix before the treasured drink becomes an extinct export. Starbucks raised the issue last year when the company's director of sustainability told The Guardian climate change is shortening the supply chain of Arabica coffee bean.

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Coffee lovers may want to get that caffeine fix before the treasured drink becomes an extinct export. Starbucks raised the issue last year when the company’s director of sustainability told The Guardian climate change is shortening the supply chain of Arabica coffee bean.

* “High degree of confidence” weather extremes linked to climate change

* Enough food, but problem is distribution – professor

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle

OSLO, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Downpours and heatwaves caused by climate change could disrupt food supplies from the fields to the supermarkets, raising the risk of more price spikes such as this year’s leap triggered by drought in the United States.

Food security experts working on a chapter in a U.N. overview of global warming due in 2014 said governments should take more account of how extremes of heat, droughts or floods could affect food supplies from seeds to consumers’ plates.

“It has not been properly recognised yet that we are dealing with a food system here. There is a whole chain that is also going to be affected by climate change,” Professor Dr John Porter of the University of Copenhagen said.

“It is more than just the fact that there are droughts in the United States that will reduce yields,” he said. Like the other experts, he said was giving personal opinions, not those of the U.N. panel.

After harvest, floods could wash away roads or bridges, for instance, between fields and factories processing the crop. Or warehouses storing food could be damaged by more powerful storms. Such factors were likely to hit poor nations hardest.

“There are reasons to expect more frequent (price) spikes, given that it will be more common to see conditions that are considered extreme,” said David Lobell, an assistant professor at Stanford University in California. Read the rest of this entry »

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