How Does Climate Change Impact Our Diets?

As the global temperature rises, individuals search for ways to shrink their carbon footprints. Many consumers adopted plant-based diets, minimizing their contribution to methane emissions. While our diet’s impacts on the environment are evident, individuals observe the reverse relationship less.

Climate change causes a variety of adverse ecological and human health effects. Many interfere with society’s ability to produce and consume particular products. Before evaluating the ways rising temperatures affect our diets, we must assess the enhanced greenhouse effect’s origin.

The Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

When individuals release air pollution into the atmosphere, it produces the enhanced greenhouse effect. The procedure alters Earth’s natural temperature control process and creates adverse impacts. Our daily actions and consumption patterns all affect the planet’s stability.

As greenhouse gas emissions reach the atmosphere, they change its organic composition and ability to regulate heat. Naturally, the Earth absorbs sunlight, produces heat, warms its surface, recollects excess energy and emits it to space.

Air pollutants like carbon dioxide and methane have a higher sunlight-to-heat conversion rate. They also trap extra energy in the atmosphere instead of sending it to space, refueling the warming process. Over time, the emissions raise Earth’s temperature, causing an array of environmental degradation.

Many of the surface-level alterations create agricultural limitations, depleting the food supply. In today’s climate, nearly 811 million individuals experience hunger every day. Preventing climate change is essential for producing enough food to support global nutrition needs.

The Impacts on Agriculture

A significant effect of climate change is water scarcity and displacement. As Earth’s temperature increases, the evaporation rate follows. It causes the depletion of reservoirs, lakes and rivers, minimizing a farmer’s access to necessary resources.

While some areas experience increased precipitation rates caused by evaporation, others encounter elongated drought periods, minimizing crop yields. Plants need water to grow and survive, and without the resource, mass losses may occur. Climate change also causes soil depletion, further limiting Earth’s ability to produce food.

Mass drought periods and floods both result from water displacement. As their frequency increases due to climate change, it causes erosion and nutrient loss. Earth’s soil is degrading between 10 and 100 times faster than it is reproducing.

Farmers attempt to artificially create an adequate growing environment using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. The additives act as growth enhancers, helping professionals produce food in degraded soil regions. Unfortunately, the additives also cause adverse environmental effects like eutrophication.

The nitrogen and phosphorus-rich additives travel to the ocean after rainstorms. Stormwater carries the materials off and away from farms, creating diverse marine effects. In the sea, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides cause algal blooms, depleting local oxygen levels.

Without sufficient quantities of marine oxygen, species must leave their habitats in search of necessary resources. During the displacement period, many creatures experience hunger and increased predators, enhancing their endangerment. Limiting eutrophication requires the elimination of growth-enhancing additives in the agricultural sector.

As surface temperatures rise, water scarcity increases and soil nutrient levels decrease, society’s access to fruits, vegetables and grains minimize. Researchers predict our diets will contain fewer fresh ingredients over time. They also expect the sustainability of our diets to increase, reducing climate change and its effects on the environment.

The Impacts on Human Health

As the global hunger rate increases, adverse health effects related to starvation will also rise. Starvation can cause bone density loss, increasing one’s risk of osteoporosis and osteopenia. It may also cause dangerous changes in an individual’s heart functions.

Low blood pressure, bradycardia and arrhythmia result from elongated starvation. It also affects the brain, decreasing cognitive functions and minimizing one’s concentration levels. Minimal food consumption additionally causes yellowing of an individual’s teeth.

As effects become more prominent, individuals may begin taking action. Routine teeth whitening practices can effectively minimize the impact of starvation on one’s aesthetic presence. People can also consume supplements to achieve a baseline nutrient level while increasing their caloric intake again.

Professionals are developing technology and sustainable diets to decrease food scarcity and the global starvation rate. We can minimize the adverse ecological and human health effects of climate change by limiting our consumption of certain products.

Alterations in Consumption Patterns

Society can increase food security levels by adopting eco-conscious consumption patterns. Many of the methods protect the environment and reduce the environment’s effects on the agricultural industry. The first diet change is reducing one’s intake of animal products.

Livestock production, especially of cattle, releases methane into the atmosphere. Methane is nearly 80 times more potent compared to carbon dioxide. It is more efficient at raising Earth’s temperature, causing more drastic climate change effects.

Farm animal ranching also causes about 80% of deforestation in the amazon. The depletion of vegetation also increases atmospheric carbon by 340 million tons annually. Deforestation derives from clearcutting for grazing and food production for the animals.

Eliminating your consumption of meat and other animal products can decrease the enhanced greenhouse effect and deforestation. Eating a local diet can also minimize climate change impacts. When individuals grow their own food, they reduce resource scarcity and transportation emissions.

Individuals and agricultural professionals can use rainwater harvesting systems, reducing their reliance on conventional water supplies. The technology maximizes one’s access to resources. Rainwater harvesting systems collect stormwater in barrels and directly transfer them to irrigation devices or purifiers.

Once the water filters through a purifier, individuals and professionals can use it for cleaning and even consumption. Using sustainable food production and consumption methods may reduce food scarcity and adverse climate change and human health effects.

Additional Health Benefits

Individuals can also improve their health and well-being when consuming a sustainable diet. Low and no meat diets minimize one’s risk of heart disease and cancer. They also have higher nutrient levels, limiting deficiencies and their adverse effects.

Kara Reynolds is the Editor-in-Chief of Momish Magazine and believes in science, that climate change is real, and is doing her part to keep Mother Earth healthy for the future of her four kids.