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Our changing climate is impacting agriculture today and will continue for decades to come. No place on Earth is immune to this; the major growing areas of the world are being affected. Additional impacts brought on by war, supply chain issues, resource shortages, and more just add to the impacts and the consequences. And beyond smaller harvests, crops grown in high carbon dioxide (CO2) conditions…

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On an international scale, food waste is a big problem. “The largest contribution to food waste is from the consumption stage, where household food waste represents the largest share.” In a time of growing food insecurity even in so-called richer countries–due to war, the effects of climate change on agriculture, supply chain problems, and more–wasting a large percentage of the food that is produced magnifies…

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Climate change is impacting agriculture around the world. The greater frequency of weather extremes including heatwaves, drought, and it’s opposite, torrential rainfall and flooding (and their consequences) are impacting crop yields and sometimes destroying harvests. The world’s population is growing; how do we feed more people when corporate agricultural practices and a changing climate are impacting the amount of food being grown and produced? One…

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