Is Japan playing hunger games with climate change?


  • 2014•03•31     BBC

    Excerpt from the article by Matt McGrath:

    However, wealthier countries could also be facing food risks from climate change that they are not fully aware of, and not taking steps to address.

    “The whole food system (in Japan) is not secure at all,” said Dr. Raquel Moreno Penaranda, from the United Nations University in Yokohama.

    Japan imports more than 60% of the calories it consumes, she says.

    Affluence allows Japan to buy from world markets without concern, but climate change could alter that very quickly.

    “We don’t know how long these countries are willing to export cheap food to Japan. If that situation changes, you will need to find new suppliers, fast,” she explains.