How Does Climate Affect Food Production?
As populations rise, it is predicted that food availability will decrease year after year, because a nation like Brazil simply does not have adequate additional resources to combat the changing elements in food production, more so as the global north continually wastes about 7% of the food bought in an average grocery of the American Household (Segall-Correa, 2008). This is essentially due to large gaps that must be filled by introducing new steps into the process of future food production.
What may be less understood though is that climate change is also affecting the growth of food. The problem is not so simple as that though; the fundamental “building blocks” in agricultural practices begin to break down when environments that have stayed constant for centuries begin to change erratically, and without warning. Soil moisture content, an incredibly important component of nutrient fixation for the top 3 major crops of eastern Brazilian farms can fluctuate on a monthly basis, and is dependent on the availability of water to stratify nutrients that comes in from river channels (Nord, 2008). Water quality and availability are both equally important because more and …show more content…
Of course filling such gaps also bring political, environmental, and social stability, which are the general intended effects of the proposal, further explored in the “anticipated results” section. One large knowledge gap is within predicting when events will occur, related to environmental gaps. For this reason, the setup of pre-existing satellites can help to gather data on future conditions, which can help prepare farmers well in advance of the actual event. Such data collection can also be coupled with new weather instruments in place on farms, which provide farmers with information to make proper decisions. A data station can be installed in local communities that can be managed by an agency and overlooked by the government, the use being for farmers. This kind of approach is similar to what pilots use in Canada for flight planning purposes. Such an idea was previously proposed but never fell through due to pressures from companies and political relations. (Toulmin, 2010). Other gaps to fill are within communication, which can be handled by the use of new policies that are free of the negative influences of corporations. Such policies aim to patch up political gaps. Current policies are stringent, and “tie the hands” of farmers in claims and loopholes that are not easy to understand for the common man (Hintz, 2014). Instead, policies need to be in place to benefit and