Nutmeg comes primarily from Indonesia, Guatemala, and India.  It is particularly vulnerable to climate change, as the crop takes 4-6 years to reach the maturity and the tree’s shallow roots are easily uprooted in increasingly frequent severe weather events. For example, Little Grenada (Spice Island), was hit by Hurricanes Ivan and Emily destroying 555,000 trees and dramatically reducing production. Farmers are minimizing risks by planting shelter belts in the path of damaging winds and planting other crops among the nutmeg trees to protect the soil and tree roots.
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.