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Aug 30 53 tweets 46 min read

"We should be harvesting fruits right now, but it's all gone, dead from the scorching sun."

"It's impossible to work out in the orchard, because the ground temperature is around 60° celsius" [140°F]

"It's too miserable to bear witness to."

'China is facing severe shortfalls in the autumn harvest of rice & wheat in the Yangtze basin...

In Sichuan province alone, 47,000 hectares have reportedly been lost, and another 433,000 hectares seared.

The problem, however, extends far beyond Sichuan'
'Parts of the European Union could face 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵𝘀 of warmer and drier conditions as Europe weathers a major drought that has fueled forest fires, dried up rivers and devastated crops'

#ClimateCrisis #food #farming #health #nutrition
'The global farming outlook going into 2023 has market watchers worried. For the first time in more than 20 years, the world is facing a rare third consecutive year of the La Nina... global warming will be a growing drag on agricultural output'

'Massive monsoon flooding has followed a severe drought in Pakistan’s Sindh province, with experts saying that climate change is making farming "more challenging every passing day."'

Losses so far - 45% for cotton, 85% for dates, & 31% for rice

'Affected by drought, which has lasted for almost three months now, crop yields in some parts of Serbia have been cut by half or even more. Most affected are the dairy farms, which might not have enough food to feed the cattle'

“It’s hard to feed grass-fed cows when there is nothing growing”

“Perennial stuff like our raspberry canes are affected by this year’s drought... next year’s crop isn’t getting enough water"

“The clams... the mortality rate has been through the roof."
'The average household will pay £37.41 more for food each month by December next year' - up 12% - 'because of the impact of the drought'

'Hot weather reduces farmers’ abilities to maintain crops & to plant new ones'

(Guess what #ClimateChange means)
'The European Central Bank needs to take climate change into account when making decisions as it has a clear impact, especially on inflation, the chief of the European Central Bank said'

“Obviously, climate change has an effect on price stability”

'Climate change and drought look set to worsen food inflation, as Iowa corn crop is ‘underwhelming’ and ‘disappointing’'

“Everyone is really concerned with all of the heat stress across the northern hemisphere this summer”

#ClimateCrisis #inflation #food
'It’s been another exceptionally dry summer across many parts of the Corn Belt...A recent Pioneer poll shows that more than half of corn farmers said they were dealing with moderate to severe drought stress this season.'

#ClimateCrisis #food #USA
"Millions of acres of crops have been destroyed in Sindh”

'because of the floods, the country can likely face food shortages. Millions of farmers & laborers in Sindh have been pushed into poverty by the rain'

#Pakistan #PakistanFloods #food #farming
'For Nepal’s ailing economy, the shortage of chemical fertiliser, drought-like situation in the southern Tarai and the subsequent heat wave is a big problem'

many poor countries 'could face food shortages or prices could go up sharply'

'Harvests of potatoes, onions, sugar beet, apples & hops are expected to fall short by 10-50% in the U.K. Meanwhile, EU harvest forecasts are down 16% for grain maize, 15% for soybeans & 12% for sunflowers' due to extreme heatwave & drought

'Like much of East Africa, South Sudan has suffered scorching droughts. Yet, in an cruel twist, many parts of this country are actually still inundated from flooding late last year.'

'The toll from extreme weather has devastated vast regions'

More #ClimateCrisis impacts on farming in the EU (see also above 🧵)-

-yield reduction in Spanish stone fruits up to 40%
-grain yields in Romania reduced as much as 35%
-UK brassica yields down 35%
-Italian rice could be cut by 30%

#food #nutrition
'Nearly three-quarters of farmers saw a reduction in harvest yields due to drought, while 37% said they were tilling over fields that won’t produce anything...One-third of orchard farmers nationwide & 50% in California, said they were ripping up trees'

'Scorching temperatures in eastern China have pushed up egg prices because hens are laying fewer in a hotter-than-usual summer'

local prices repoeted up 30% in several cities

#ClimateCrisis #food #farming #China #diet #news


'the unusual heatwave will have an impact on grain products such as soybean, wheat, and corn'

'Prices for fresh produce had already increased by 12.9% & 16.9% year over year in July', pork up >20%

#ClimateCrisis #China #food #AgTwitter #diet
'“about 80 to 90%” of Pakistan’s crops have been damaged by the floods... 4 million acres of crops have been destroyed with 800,000 livestock perishing'

🧵 Thread
#PakistanFloods #food #farming #AgTwitter #agri #Pakistan

'Agriculture in Khulma has been severely affected by climate change... 80,000 farmers in the district have gone through a decline in the production of paddy, vegetables and jute'

#ClimateCrisis #food #farming #Bangladesh #foodsecurity
Drought in China may see 'peanut output tumbling as much as 30%'

As the world's largest grower of the world's fourth largest oilseed crop, a considerable drop could push up global oilseed prices further

#China #food #ClimateCrisis #Agriculture #diet
Dramatic heatwave 'causing a sharp decline in Jordanian farms’ crop yield'

“The rise in temperatures is 12 to 15°C higher than usual. Therefore, a significant impact on this season’s crop yield is expected” 

#ClimateCrisis #food #MENA #farming #Jordan

'drought conditions and extreme weather have wreaked havoc on many row crops, fruits and vegetables, with the American Farm Bureau Federation suggesting yields could be down by as much as a third compared with last year'

#diet #Climate #farming #food

'The poor yields are likely more than a one-year blip, as climate change alters weather patterns in agriculturally important parts of the country...Drought has consumed 40 percent of the country for the past 101 weeks'

#ClimateCrisis #food #diet
🧵 1-2-3

1."Climate change is a major threat to our food systems"

2."Climate change is an important driver in the current increase in global hunger"

3."Doing nothing on climate change today puts our children’s future at risk"

#NEWS #ClimateCrisis #food
🧵 "We are already seeing multiple hazards threatening crops, livestock and fisheries and this is something that is not going to go away unless we get serious about climate change, and fast."

#food #foodblog #diet #health #ClimateActionNow #foodie
🧵 Belgium-

'the current cost of drought on Walloon agriculture amounts to roughly 200 million' euros

the industry has already depleted several core stocks which will be needed during the winter period & due to drought "there will be no third harvest”

“Heat waves, followed by drought-like conditions due to late arrival of monsoons, have impacted two main crops, wheat in the previous season, and now rice”

"a stark reminder" to "transition from mono to multi-cropping systems”

🧵New Zealand-

'Farmers will need to prepare for more weather extremes when the third La Nina in a row hits the country next year'

'fluctuations in consumer prices for fresh produce was not going away soon'

#ClimateCrisis #food #NewZealand

'The Northeast’s plight is the latest example of the ways climate change is wreaking havoc on weather trends around the world, upending seasonal patterns that farmers have depended on for generations...'

#ClimateCrisis #food #USA #health #nutrition

'...While it doesn’t compare to the devastating water shortages plaguing the West, the drought poses a threat to the region’s hay, corn and dairy industries, and it’s turbocharging the risk of wildfires.'

#ClimateCrisis #food #farming #agricultura
🧵 Worst drought ‘in living memory’ threatens the world’s olive oil supply

In early August ~half of EU territory had drier than normal soil; almost one fifth 'so dry that vegetation there went into distress'

Spanish olive oil prices rose 80% in 2 years
France bracing for ‘catastrophic’ food shortages following drought & 4 severe heatwaves

Legumes de France federation estimates losses of between 25 & 35% of yield of vegetables

“We have never experienced a situation like this"

#ClimateCrisis #France
🧵'The current drought in California is severe. It would not be without consequences for Quebec, which imports nearly $3 billion worth of fruits and vegetables from that state... the inflation of fruits and vegetables is not going to end'

#Quebec #food
European Assn Fruit & Vegetable Processors-

"The fact is: the drought is currently leading to crop losses up to 50% depending on the crop & production zone. The above-average drought in France, Hungary, Italy & Spain is extremely worrying"
"If rainfall continues to be low in autumn, the vast majority of autumn crops on which the processing industry is also dependent, will be affected... after such a difficult year for farmers, will processors be able to contract sufficient hectares"
🧵'French farmers are collecting their smallest corn crop in more than three decades, highlighting the massive toll that summer drought has wrought on Europe’s food supplies.'

Down 25% in worst drought in 500 years.

#ClimateCrisis #France #foodsecurity
'risk of food shortages in the UK this winter'

"The fruit and veg sector is undoubtedly in crisis... we can expect to see growing business going bust and shortages on supermarket shelves.”

#ClimatrCrisis #food #ukpoli #news #ActNow
'The recent flash floods, induced by climate change, have damaged an estimated 8.3 million acres of crops, with over 3.4 million acres of crops being affected in Sindh alone'

"Vegetables in Sindh are pretty much gone."

#ClimateCrisis #PakistanFloods
🧵 "2019 was a historically wet year...2021, we went through a once-in-a-generation drought...
We're riding along on this endless roller coaster"

This is farming now.

This gets much worse without deep emission cuts NOW, not by 2030, 2040 or 2050.

🧵 Climate change impacting food cost & choice, now!

The drought & its effects "will likely result in American consumers paying more for these goods & either partially relying on foreign supplies or shrinking the diversity of items they buy at the store"
🧵New Zealand-

'Extreme weather is to blame for supermarket salad shelves being empty around the country again, but one grower says the solution is not as easy as just taking lettuce-growing indoors.'

#ClimateCrisis #food #NewZealand
🧵 'Argentina's main farming zones are facing the driest conditions in around 30 years, agricultural and weather experts said, raising fears about a new "great drought" & stalling planting of corn in the world's No. 3 exporter of the grain'

🧵 This ☝️ is what the #ClimateCrisis looks like - more drought, around the world, all at once, on top of massive deluges and other crop damaging extremes

"It is serious. There are problems everywhere"

#food #Argentina #farming #agri #foodblog #NEWS
🧵Karnataka, India-

'standing crops on 1,70,120 hectares (22%) have been damaged completely' due to heavy rain following a dry period

"Monsoonal variation has had significant spatial and temporal changes in crop patterns over the last few years"
🧵 'Drought, which has fried crops and pastures and fueled wildfires, is part of a rough year for Nebraska agriculture'

“It’s getting harder and harder each year because of the unpredictability.”

#uspoli #food #farming #ClimateCrisis #agri #water
🧵 'Climate change’s impact on the food industry is supercharging inflation numbers in many countries, with consumers paying record amounts for food even though general inflation numbers are going down in most nations.'

#ClimateCrisis #inflation #food
🧵 'Syria’s 2022 wheat harvest amounted to around 1 million tonnes, down some 75% from pre-crisis volumes...Erratic rainfall patterns in the past two seasons have shrunk Syria’s wheat crop from around 4 million tonnes annually pre-war'

#Syria #climate
🧵"The summer drought that kept its grip on Europe came to an end in most regions. However, the improved weather conditions arrived too late"

"In some regions, hot & dry conditions continued ...resulting in a further reduction of yield expectations"
🧵 Korea's Kimchi Crisis continues-

Due to “adverse weather” -a summer heat wave followed by torrential rain

“This crop loss we see is not a one-year blip”

#ClimateCrisis #Korea #food #farming #health #SouthKorea
🧵Food crises piling up

'Cabbages require temperate conditions for optimum growth. But in addition to contending with warmer weather, growers face increasingly frequent extreme events, including heavy rain & typhoons, that can destroy a season’s earnings'
🧵 Nigeria-

Torrential rains submering 'farmlands and damage houses and property. Cassava, potato and other crops were all destroyed'

Thousands of farms flooded.

#ClimateCrisis #Nigeria #FoodSecurity #farming

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Nov 25
Climate crisis exacerbated extremes battering food production around the world-

1. Australia: drowned livestock, ruined crops, worsening global wheat shortage

"It's absolutely beyond catastrophic" (bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/7993960/…, odt.co.nz/news/australia…, ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/floods-au…)

2. Albania, Montenegro & Serbia:

'Days of Torrential Rain' cause 'Flooding, Evacuations, & 6 deaths'

Agricultural territory 'harshly impacted by the rainfall'
>7,500 acres flooded

#food #ClimateCrisis
natureworldnews.com/articles/54291…, yahoo.com/now/severe-flo…

'Climate extremes cause significant winter wheat yield loss & can cause much greater impacts than single extremes in isolation'

Compound hot-dry-windy events 'have significant implications for the U.S. winter wheat production & beyond'
Read 8 tweets
Oct 18
'U.S. winter wheat farmers plant into dust as Plains drought persists'

"It's sort of a grim situation"

#ClimateCrisis #food #inflation #VanGogh #USA
The climate crisis is a food crisis.

And It is just ramping up.

#USA #Australia #Chad #Somalia #News #ActNow #ClimateEmergency #inflation
'Smoke from forest & grassland fires is darkening summer skies with increasing regularity.Potato growers say yields are down by 10 to 15%'

'What makes smoke particularly worrisome is that it can affect large geographic areas, filling entire valleys'
Read 6 tweets
Oct 18
❤️‍🔥Here comes trouble❤️‍🔥

flooding in Australia that "could greatly harm grain and oilseed quality"

"protracted drought" impacting Argentina corn planting

French farmers harvesting "drought-affected" maize

#VanGogh #ActNow #inflation
👆My intention through my posts is to convey the immense sense of urgency we all need to have

I am actually very scared

And I am increasingly worried that our leaders remain completely oblivious, isolated in their little bubbles of yes-people

Our federal Tourism Minister commenting on the "million dollar" view of the north shore through a thick cloud of wildfire smoke that has been blanketing southwestern BC in the midst of an epic drought & heatwave

You can barely even see the mountains

#ClimateCrisis #Vancouver
Read 4 tweets
Oct 15
'Global food prices are once again facing upward pressure due to the record cost for shipping grain in the U.S., the source of about 20% of world exports...drought conditions have caused water levels in the Mississippi River to drop' increasing costs


And not just the Mississippi-

Drought has been a huge problem for shipping across large swaths of the northern hemisphere in 2022, impacting distribution of crops & other commodities.

#ClimateCrisis #drought #heatwave #trade

"An unsettling drop in water levels in key European waterways has resulted in immensely strained logistics in shipping commodities throughout the continent, with barges only able to carry one-third or one-quarter of their usual cargo."

#Europe #trade
Read 6 tweets
Oct 9
October 8 climate change & food supplement

(Supplement to Oct 4 roundup, here for reference 👇)

As scientists warn of the possibility of the collapse of civilization due to climate change due in part to the loss of societal capacity to provide basic necessities such as food and water:

-1 million impacted by flooding in central Africa (Chad) with widespread crop damage

-the EU harvests its 'drought-scarred maize crop' - "impacts of the summer drought, despite the sparse return of rainfall, have brought the yield outlook for crops to a rather uniform poor status"
-*321.6 million* acres of crops in U.S. are experiencing drought

Read 9 tweets
Oct 4
Oct 4 Climate change & food roundup

-new analysis finds climate change impacts on food security have likely been underestimated
-bad news for pollinators, which fertilise 3/4 of crops produced globally & are one of the elements not adequately accounted for in most models...
...of climate impacts on food: insects found to to be “particularly vulnerable to climate change” heat extremes
-climate change intensified typhoons & hurricanes having significant impacts on farmers in the Philippines, Canada, Puerto Rico, Florida and the Dominican Republic

-“The world is heading toward the tightest grain inventories in years despite the resumption of exports from Ukraine, as the shipments are too few and harvests from other major crop producers are smaller than initially expected.”
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