Climate change, the food commons and human health

Authored by: Cristina Tirado-von der Pahlen

Routledge Handbook Of Food As A Commons

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138062627
eBook ISBN: 9781315161495
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315161495-23

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Abstract

Climate change, poverty, waste, inequity, pollution, the loss of biodiversity, the breakdown of society: these 21st century challenges are symptoms of a planet in distress, a planet driven by industrialism to the threshold of collapse. Climate change and environmental degradation impact water, land, biodiversity, and other natural resources, and the socio-economic systems and structures upon which the food commons depend. This degradation will exacerbate the existing undernutrition problem and, at the same time, undernutrition undermines climate resilience and the climate adaptation capacity of vulnerable populations. In concrete terms, undernutrition mortgages the possibility of building a food commons regime.

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