News: United Kingdom’s food imports vulnerable due to climate change

A recent scientific article has found that the United Kingdom’s fruit and vegetable supply is increasingly dependant on imports from climate-vulnerable countries. Using data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) bilateral trade database over a 27 year period, they found that:

‘The proportion of fruit and vegetables supplied to the UK market from climate-vulnerable countries increased from 20% in 1987 to 32% in 2013. Sensitivity analyses using climatic and freshwater availability indicators supported these findings. Increased reliance on fruit and vegetable imports from climate-vulnerable countries could negatively affect the availability, price and consumption of fruit and vegetables in the UK, affecting dietary intake and health, particularly of older people and low-income households’

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This is concerning as now we are starting to notice the potential struggle for resources certain countries will have as climate change intensifies. This also demonstrates the far reaching and collateral affects climate change can have, which is why international communication and cooperation is essential in dealing with climate change.

As it is now clear that countries which often contribute the least to climate change often suffer the most from it, as a developed nation it is important that we concentrate on helping developing nations more. Providing them with resources or funding when in times of need is not only a humanitarian concern, it helps alleviate the collateral damage which will affect developed nations as well. The evidence is clear that if we are to limit the impact of climate change, a unified effort is needed in order to prevent the worst case scenarios from happening.

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