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Global warming threatens nutrition levels in staple crops


Global warming threatens nutrition levels in staple crops
PRI

People who have very little animal source food in their diet and are relying on crops like wheat and rice for large amounts of their iron, zinc, and protein intake are the most vulnerable populations.âMyers proposes several possible solutions. The first, and most obvious, is to stop emitting so much carbon dioxide. âIn public health, we talk about primary prevention. That would be primary prevention,â he says.Secondary prevention would include things like bio-fortification of crops. That is, developing crop types that are enriched with nutrients like iron, zinc and protein, or breeding crops that are less sensitive to the CO2 effect.In addition, he says, many vulnerable nations should think about ways to increase dietary diversity, so their populations consume a wider variety of foods that give them a stronger nutritional base.

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