- The Plate
In a Warmer World, There May Be Fewer Fruits and Vegetables
Concerns about climate change have caused researchers to warn that rising global temperatures will reduce crop yields and create food insecurity, the inability to get enough calories to survive. Now, scholars from the United Kingdom and the United States have revealed another possible result: an increase in deaths not just from hunger, but from chronic diseases that would be made worse as diets change.
Writing in the medical journal The Lancetthe medical journal The Lancet, the researchers from Oxford University and the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. predict that by 2050, more than a half-million people will die not just because not enough food will be available, but because the composition of their diets will change, losing nutrient-dense foods such as