Warming oceans present an immense challenge to crab fishing operations. On the West Coast of the US, a coalition of commercial fishers filed a lawsuit in 2018 against major fossil fuel companies, suing for damages due to algae blooms made worse by the warming waters and degradation of fishing areas. In addition, ocean acidification is severely dissolving the shells of young crabs in coastal habitats.
Yields of major staple crops like wheat and rice are being hurt by increasing temperatures. Wine grape production is moving to cooler climes causing changes in the character of some of our favorites. The flavors and health benefits of teas, the size of potatoes, the sting of a hot pepper, where fish call home in the oceans, and a future decline in protein in vegetables—it’s all changing.
Our food database shows the ingredients affected by a changing climate.
To learn what farmers, scientists, and many others are doing to keep the menu stocked, see Stewardship of the Land and Our Changing Menu: Climate Change and the Foods We Love and Need. You have a role, too!
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This food ingredient database is in its early phase and we will strive to expand it on an ongoing basis so that everyone is aware of how climate change is affecting the foods we love and need.