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Our Changing Menu Launches Awareness Campaign About the Climate Crisis

Our Changing Menu Launches Awareness Campaign About the Climate Crisis

A team from Cornell University recently launched a new website, Our Changing Menu, that helps to illustrate the impacts of the climate crisis on food. The website details how climate change is altering the growing cycles, production, and availability of popular foods, with the aim of motivating people to take action against the issue.

The website is a companion to a new book called Our Changing Menu: Climate Change and the Foods We Love and Need, available in paperback and as an ebook. The authors of the book, Dr. Mike Hoffman, Carrie Koplinka-Loehr, and Dr. Danielle L. Eiseman, offer this additional resource to expand on their work and to keep it current with rapidly developing climate science. The website makes the latest studies and updated information available. “The story [of climate change] is constantly changing, and people need to know that,” Hoffman tells Food Tank.

The authors focus Our Changing Menu on people in the United States, because of the large role the country plays in driving climate change. Using a hypothetical menu that reflects the components of a typical meal eaten in the U.S., the website shows that as the climate changes so will the menu.

The website also demonstrates that climate change is more than just warming temperatures; it also affects the key components of food production, including soil health, surface and sea water, and air composition. Hoffman explains that warmer temperatures mean that pests will live longer and do more damage. Transport logistics will be complicated by barges stranded due to low water levels on shipping lanes. Weeds will become hardier as carbon dioxide (CO2) levels rise.

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