If you’re in Washington DC today, a t-shirt and shorts are all you need. Yes, the temperature in the nation’s capital is hitting above 80 degree Fahrenheit today. In fact, it is warmer here in DC than in Hawaii. The weird part of it all – it feels as if we have just leaped over the month of May and gone straight into June.
The irregular temperature fluctuations maybe an oddity at personal level. But its relationship to climate change has a global impact on the agricultural productions and affects our food security. From production, processing, to supply/ trade and food on our dinner tables, the food security is a “fundamental human need” as reported by the US Department of Agriculture.
Closer to home are the quantity, quality, and price of our food choices. Akin to the rising of the gasoline price caused by shortages of fuel truck drivers or the disappearing of toilet paper on the store shelves triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, these impacts are real and present threats to our welfare.
The US is a net importer of fruits and vegetables. It relies on Mexico, and countries in the Central and South America as our supply sources during winter months. While the solution is beyond any individual country, the impact of the temperature/ climate change is universal.
What are your thoughts on the climate change?