How Does The Weather Affect Our Food?

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Have you ever thought about how your cereal or your toast made its way to your kitchen table?

Most of the food we eat have to be farmed and planted in conditions that preserve them and engourage them to grow. With global warming, the soil is becoming dryer so there will be less crops planted/harvested.

In places such as Malaysia, where there is monsoon season, they can't really plant crops because of the heavy rain impacting the production rates.

Even COVID-19 is affecting us as there are not many people working in factories and in farms for crops in autumn, next year.

The weather also affects things such as pollination if it's colder in spring then there won't be many bees to pollinate the flowers(if there are any) ; it also affects the life of trees, even though it may not seem important, trees play a big role that we take for granted: they provide us with oxygen and fruit, while also serving as a home for other animals.

Do you think we can help to keep all seasons?

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  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    11 May 2020

    Thank you for such an interesting question! Can you tell us where you found your information?

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  • global-conversation.png intellectual_strategy | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
    11 May 2020

    Thank you for your post it makes think critically.
    Okay I may answer in my own understanding that weather can affect our food in so many ways for example talk of flooding. If flooding occurs in a particular environment where maybe growth of crops take place then those crops will automatically be carried away by the flood and once carried away what do we expect? Obviously our food destroyed
    I may also add that weather can affect can be a threat to our food in a way that if there is a lot of sun in a certain area or perhaps in your country obvious the crops will dry up and this means that our food already affected.
    Appreciation is yours for reading.

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  • global-conversation.png content_engineer | Sacred Heart School | Ghana
    11 May 2020

    Extreme weathers such as flood,drought and others destroys most plants.Lets take drought first.Plants need water for their survival.Drought also deals with lost of water on earth on the top layer of the earth surface which make plant lose energy,becomes weak and finally dies.When it comes to flood, plants has an average amount of water to be used for survival which is not to be added or reduced.Flooding can let the water plants need increase which can also reduce harvesting rate.

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  • global-conversation.png delightful_snow | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    12 May 2020

    The bad weather which affects our food is drought and floods, that's because if the rain falls heavily the crops on the farm will be carried by water and the drought is when the sun will affect the crops by the sun shining hard to make the soil crack to look like a desert with many skeletons of people and animals the skeletons had dug themselves into the poor soil which doesn't have moisture. That's how our foods are affected by bad weather which affects people and animals too.
    The coronavirus makes people to loose 💰 money (with no customers because of staying home) and no food (lockdowns which the president has announced people to not travel anywhere until further notice). Even the people who do not pay rents are still outside hungry. But why do the caretakers give them a chance? Because the caretakers don't care they want their money because of their greedyness. When people stay home, the people who want buy they will not get food and the people who want to sell will not get money to feed their children. Now in our country people are worried because there is no food and there worried about their children and babies too.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Eleanor Hervey-Bathurst, Corporate Trainee @ Clifford Chance
      delightful_snow's comment 12 May 2020

      This is a really interesting comment for us all to read about how coronavirus is affecting your country, thank you for writing. A lot of governments and communities across the world are very worried about there not being enough food. Can you find any examples of where governments or communities are trying to solve this problem and help people? What challenges are they facing in providing people with help?

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  • global-conversation.png delightful_snow | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    12 May 2020

    Is your country now working on food?

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  • global-conversation.png delightful_snow | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    12 May 2020

    If we loose food people and children will die of hunger.

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  • global-conversation.png entrepreneurial_robin | Achimota Basic School | Ghana
    12 May 2020

    Thank you very much for your information, incomparable_blueberry. You made mention of how our food is affected by extreme weather specifically on plants and cereal but have you thought of the fishes in the seas, streams and other aquatic habitat how we are going to loose all these animals because of this extreme weather.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Eleanor Hervey-Bathurst, Corporate Trainee @ Clifford Chance
      entrepreneurial_robin's comment 12 May 2020

      You are quite right to broaden the discussion to talk about aquatic habitats, well done. Can you be more precise in explaining to me why global warming may harm wildlife in the sea?

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  • global-conversation.png congenial_journalist | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    12 May 2020

    1. Flood in Kenya is also affecting plants crops because of the heavy rain impacting the production rates.
    2. Even COVID-19 is affecting us as there are not many people working in factories and in farms for crops in autumn,next year.
    3. How does the weather events like Harricanes in USA caused sudden losses, also called "shocks" to crops ,fisheries, livestock and aguaculture . Weather extreme also affect the food we consume in ways that impact production , distribution , consumption ,quality and availablity some of these effects on our food are less severe ,but many come with the potential for harmful consequences: taxins produced by crops in response ,record-breaking high temperatures, delays in the tranportation of crops and foods , imbalances in supply and demond and sky rocketing prices for produce .

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  • global-conversation.png invigorated_chicken | Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girl's School, Elelenwo | Nigeria
    12 May 2020

    The most events that affect our food is drought,they will be scarcity of water which will make the plants not to grow.Every where will be dry,there will be no sun

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  • global-conversation.png quickwitted_piano | Good Shepherd Minor Secondary School | Kenya
    12 May 2020

    Most of the food in our world is affected mostly by extreme weather. Like heavy rains which causes floods which mostly carry the plants which are source of food. Drought affects the plants by making them to die easily.

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  • avatar.jpg EXPERT: Eleanor Hervey-Bathurst, Corporate Trainee @ Clifford Chance
    12 May 2020

    This is a really great post, well done. I like how it starts with a question, because it engages your audience and makes them want to read more. You also bring up a lot of good points in a very clear way. Do you have any suggestions for how we can help with some of these problems? Do you think there is a point where humans interfere with nature and wildlife too much?

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  • global-conversation.png loving_opinion | Maryknoll Convent School | Hong Kong
    13 May 2020

    This is a very interesting topic! I have never thought of that so thanks to you,incomparable_blueberry.
    I would like to say something,though. Which kind of extreme weather affects our food most? Or is the impact equal?
    I personally think that droughts can cause the most harm to our food.
    Droughts are a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a shortage of water.However, all living things need to water to survive. So if a crop does not get enough water, it will shrink. If it goes long enough without water it will die because the crop uses water for a lot of different jobs needed to keep it alive. So, when droughts occur, almost all of the crops grown in that place will die. Now, you may think that that country must have some backup food or other kinds of way such as buying food from other countries to maintain the food source. However, droughts can last for months or years, and I'm sure that backup food cannot last for that long. Buying food from other countries long term is definitely not ideal, either. Life barely without food is very harsh, imagine how that will strike fear through the citizens and leading to the economic system breaking down, too.
    This is why i think droughts can affect our food most. Feel free to comment!

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      loving_opinion's comment 13 May 2020

      A wonderful response to incomparable_blueberry. Interested to hear what they, and others respond with!

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  • global-conversation.png entrepreneurial_robin | Achimota Basic School | Ghana
    13 May 2020

    Ok the global warming affect the sea by causing the temperature of the sea to rise due to climate change which is linked to global warming. This is the increase in the volume of water in the world ocean. Sea level rise can affect the human population in the coastal and environment like marine ecosystems including flood and loss of habitat for fishes.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Dimitri Selwood, Analyst @ KPMG
      entrepreneurial_robin's comment 14 May 2020

      Thank you for your interesting comment. You mentioned that coastal areas will be affected by rising sea levels. Can you tell us where in the world will most likely be affected?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    13 May 2020

    Thank you for you intriguing post, incomparable_blueberry! I do think that we can help keep all seasons, because extreme weather is mainly caused due to high levels of carbon emission. To prevent this, we could compose a green technology system where the energy isn't using electricity as it makes fossil fuels burn and that ill just re-start extreme weather. An eco-friendly, easy and healthy energy would be solar energy, electricity powered by the sun. Since the sun appears almost everyday, we would have a good amount of electricity. The more sun there is the more energy is generate, meaning heatwaves would be a blessing and we would not need to all the time as the high amount of heat would last for a long time, which would diminish how much extreme weather there is. Even though this would only prevent heatwaves and wildfires (The heat and energy would be consumed by our society) we can also have storm warning systems a week or two before the storm commences, giving people time to prepare for the event. In conclusion we can help keep all seasons if we have a better defence system.

    Thank you for reading.
    Memorable_orchard.

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    1. global-conversation.png loving_writer | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
      memorable_orchard's comment 22 May 2020

      I agree with you weather has really affected our food.
      Many food has been affected in many parts of the country due to the strong winds and weather
      Thankyou

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  • global-conversation.png ethical_conversation | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
    13 May 2020

    Thanks so much for this post actually it has left me wondering how weather affects our food incomportable_blueberry you have made me more curious to learn more about it it sounds awesome
    In my opinion l can say drought once there is drought there's food shortages which makes food to be less in supply.
    We really need a good backup when such a calamity strikes us.
    Drought and famine has really increase the portion of less food.
    Iam sure you will agree with me when l tell you many countries are facing alot of problems due to the drought it has led to alot of effects thus low food production.

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  • global-conversation.png creative_spring | Riis Presbyterian Model School | Ghana
    13 May 2020

    This is very important question.
    Planning an outside events can be stressful, and the main culprit is usually the weather.
    Climate change can disrupt food availability, reduce access to food, and increase in temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, changes in extreme weather events, and reduced agricultural productivity.

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  • global-conversation.png fantastic_recipe | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    13 May 2020

    The type of weather affects food by there is no rain for plants to grow and make food

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  • Halsnead logo amiable_panther | Halsnead Primary School
    13 May 2020

    I Agree with creative_spring.I also think this a important question,I really like this post.

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  • global-conversation.png curious_brain | Fadhili Junior School | Kenya
    13 May 2020

    in our country Kenya, weather that affects our food is floods and drought.

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  • global-conversation.png proactive_agency | Achimota Basic School | Ghana
    13 May 2020

    I agree that the weather affects food but it will all depend on the kind of weather and extreme weather events that mostly happen in your country or area. 80% of the worlds crops are rained, so most farmers depend on the predictable weather agriculture has adapted to in order to produce their crops. However climate change is altering rainfall patterns around the world. When temperature rises the warmer air holds more moisture and can make precipitation more intense. Extreme precipitation events, which are becoming more common, can directly damage crops, resulting in decreased yields.
    Flooding resulting from the growing intensity of tropical storms and sea level rise is also likely to increase with climate change, and can also resulting in the drowning of crops, this is because, floodwater can transport sewage, manure or pollutants from roads, farms and lawns, more pathogens and toxins could find their way into the food we ingest.
    Hotter weather will lead to faster evaporation, resulting in more droughts and water shortages- so there will be less water for irrigation just when it is needed most. About 10% of the crops grown in the worlds major food production regions are irrigated with groundwater that is non renewable. In other words, aquifers are being drained faster than they are refilling- a problem which will only get worse as the world continues to heat up. This is happening in major food producing regions such as the US, Great Plains and California's Central Valley, and in Pakistan, India, northeastern China, and parts of Iran and Iraq. From my research it shows that climate projections show that drought will become more common in much of the US especially the southwest. In other parts of the world, droughts and water shortages are expected to affect the production of rice, which is the staple food for more than half of the people on earth. During severe drought years, rainfed rice yields have decreased from 17- 40%. In the south and southeastern Asia, 23 millions hectares of rainfed rice production areas are already subject to water scarcity and recurring drought affects almost 80% of the rainfed rice growing in Africa.
    Extreme weather including heavy storms and drought, can also disrupt food transport. Unless food is stored properly, this could increase the risk of spoilage and contamination and result in more food borne illness. A severe summer drought in 2012 reduced shipping traffic in the Mississippi river, a major route for transporting food in the Midwest. Global warming may benefit certain crops such as potatoes in northern Europe and rice in west Africa, and enable some farmers to grow new crops that only thrive in warmer areas today. In other cases climate change could make it impossible for farmers to grow their traditional crops. The ultimate effect of rising heat depends on each crop optimal range of temperatures for growth and reproduction. If temperatures exceed this range, crop yields will drop because heat stress can disrupt a plants pollination, flowering, root development and growth stages. Heat waves, which are expected to become more frequent make livestock less fertile and more vulnerable to disease. Parasites and diseases that target livestock thrive in warm, moist conditions. This could result in livestock farmers treating parasites using more chemicals that may enter the food chain. Climate change will also enable weed, pest and fungi expand their range and numbers. To add earlier springs and milder winters will allow more of these pests and weeds to survive for a long time. Plant diseases and pests which are new to an area could destroy crops that haven't had time to evolve defenses against them. For example, new virulent mutant strains of wheat rust, a fungal infection that had not been seen for over 50 years, have spread from Africa to Asia, the middle east and Europe devastating crops.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      proactive_agency's comment 14 May 2020

      This is a very well-researched comment. well done! Can you summarise your findings in three points?

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    2. Hammond School logo decisive_spring | Hammond Junior School C
      proactive_agency's comment 14 May 2020

      wow! that's amazing! I can't see how anyone could want to change any of it because it is so good!

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  • global-conversation.png quickwitted_piano | Good Shepherd Minor Secondary School | Kenya
    16 May 2020

    Most of the extreme weather destroys plants and some destroys our livestock which mostly we take as food.

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