Unfortunately, our food supply is very deeply tied to weather conditions, as most of what we eat is grown or raised. So when we get record temperatures like the ones we saw throughout the summer of 2022, it’s safe to say that we can expect our food supply chain to become more stressed.
Per Grist, Japan’s weather bureau has already raised a red flag when it comes to its corn and soybean yields. India’s devastating heat wave prompted the country to suspend wheat exports, further jeopardizing grain supplies, already affected by Russia’s measures against Ukraine. Closer to home, ABC30 reported the death of more than 2,000 cattle in Kansas due to heat stress. Author Bob Keefe told Grist, “We all know our grocery bills are going up. Part of the reason is that when you lose crops to storms or drought or floods, prices are going to go up. .”
According to France 24, agriculture experts are already preparing for what is to come, as the true impact of what they call “thermal inflation” will not be felt for at least four to six months. And, unfortunately, it is a success that the world cannot afford. Chatham House director of environment and society Tim Benton said: “We are in a food, energy and cost of living crisis, created by COVID-19, exacerbated by the Russian invasion of the “Ukraine. In a troubled market – where global demand is outstripping supply – any crop loss is not helping prices.”
Unfortunately, this crop loss could be imminent.