Climate Change and Food Security
Climate change is already affecting people’s ability to grow and buy food. Yields of important crops like wheat are affected by storms, droughts and rising temperatures, other vital crops such as rice may be the first to suffer from rising sea levels. Climate change disproportionately affects people in vulnerable situations and how we respond is not just about feeding people, it’s also about their rights.
Over the last few decades we have seen corporate power in food production flexing their muscles and demanding greater control over our neighbouring farms and natural resources.
The food sector reflects the inequality that we see in the global economy as a whole. At one end, the people who produce our food often get paid very little for their hard work under tough conditions. At the other end, big supermarkets and other corporate food giants have a lot of control over global food markets and their shareholders reap the profits.
Across the world, farming families, market gardeners and small scale independents find themselves in competition with powerful interests for control over the land, water, forest and energy resources that we all depend upon for survival.
Read more at OXFAM/food-climate - natural resources