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The global food system is broken. As a consequence of this brokenness, a disturbing paradox arises: billions of people are either overweight, or they are underfed, hungry, or starving. The faulty food system is also driving our planet deeper into climate chaos.

Those grim statements are not my personal curmudgeonly observations, but rather the considered opinion of 130 national academies of science and medicine from around the world. In late 2018 – under the aegis of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) – the 130 academies issued what they termed a “wake-up call.”

You can add IAP's wake-up call to the thousands of other calls that scientists, environmentalists, and nature itself have been ringing out for the last several decades. As we move further into 2019 we are confronted with the news that insect populations are in perilous decline globally, with industrial chemical agriculture fingered as the prime culprit.

As scientists from NASA, NOAA, and the UN worded it in January 2019, “We’re no longer talking about a situation where global warming is something in the future. It’s here. It’s now.”

In this context, food production is increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather events, according to researchers publishing in the journal Nature Sustainability (January 2019). They report that the intensifying scale of weather disasters worldwide is related to climate change, and is in fact having a steady, unsettling impact on global food systems and markets.

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