May 31, 2014

CO2 Hits Wheat, Rice, Soybeans

1 Climate Change Means Less Nutritious Food

Climate change is making our food less healthy, according to Harvard's Department of Environmental Health, which grew 40 varieties of grains and legumes in the open air and in air infused with CO2 concentrations expected to develop over the next four decades. They found a "significant decrease" in the zinc and iron levels in the higher-CO2 wheat, rice, peas and soybeans, and in the protein content of the wheat and rice. Given that some 2 billion people worldwide already suffer from zinc and iron deficiency, whose symptoms range from stunted growth and compromised immune systems to impotence, hair loss and vision impairment, the researchers stated that the “reduction in these nutrients represents the most significant health threat ever shown to be associated with climate change.”

More at Care2.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: CDC Says Climate Change Is Health Threat

Tags: Climate Change and Food, Climate Change and Health, Climate Change and Nutrition, Harvard Department of Environmental Health

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