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The Foul Breath of Climate Change

Thousands of mussels steaming to death in the warm, low tide of a New Zealand beach, glaciers threatening to melt into summer avalanches in the Italian Alps, and the western U.S. ablaze. The ugly effects of climate change are felt all over the world. It’s vital to understand how our failing food system impacts the climate and the stability of our living environment. The way we produce and consume food is preventing us from reaching the 1.5°C target of the Paris Climate Accord.

Professor Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam

Dr. Lila Warszawski is a research analyst at PIK.

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To protect the biosphere, we must transform our food system and establish a sustainable food supply within planetary boundaries. We must save The Food Planet so that it can continue to feed us all.

The world’s population

The way we live, we need 1.6 Planet Earths, already today

We live in the Anthropocene, a planetary epoch defined by humans’ impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems. Our food systems represent an important part of that impact, accounting for a mounting burden we place on the biosphere, the planet’s thin layer of life.

Already, the global population stands at nearly 8 billion. As it rapidly increases—scientists predict it will grow by about 70 million per year and reach nearly 10 billion by 2050—we will put even more pressure on the planetary boundaries, with increasing risk of crossing critical tipping points for the Earth’s stability and resilience.