4 ways climate change would make food unhealthy
As the planet heats up, the US Global Change Research Program found out that it would also affect the quality of food as much as it would overall health.
Some of the effects of climate change on food were listed by the Business Insider.
1. Food will spoil quicker.
Warm temperature speeds up the multiplication of food-borne bacteria.
Salmonella, E. Coli, and Campylobacter love a warm environment, which they could find in fruits, vegetables and seafood.
Aside from faster food spoilage, and you could use the cases of food poisoning as a warning, fungal toxins also threaten grains like corn.
2. Food will become less nutritious.
The report said hotter temperature or more carbon dioxide in the air means less vitamins and minerals.
It said that as CO2 levels rise from 520 parts per million to 960 ppm, levels of nutrients like protein iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus will drop.
Researchers aren’t sure why, but remember the saying that subjecting your food to so much heat would take away the good stuff.
3. Fish will have higher potentially harmful substances like mercury.
Fish pick up an organic kind of mercury called methylmercury. And those in warmer waters absorb mercury faster.
High mercury poisoning can result in impaired vision, hearing, speech and muscle weakness.
If you think, fish fillet is healthier, think again.
4. Less stable sources of food.
Extreme weathers caused by climate impact affect the quality and quantity of production.
They also stall transport or movement.
Food that are not delivered fresh have a higher risk of spoiling.