How Climate Change Shapes Agriculture & Food Supply

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Climate change poses unprecedented effects on agricultural yields, ecosystem services as well as livestock productivity and fertility.  These changes are evident through less predictable precipitation patterns, high temperatures, long-lasting drought as well as flooding that erodes healthy soils. Consequently, global warming threatens our ability to achieve global food security, to keep pollination services, and to manage pest pressures and diseases.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the United States produces approximately $300 billion a year in agricultural commodities with livestock accounting for roughly half the value. Likewise, insect pollinators help sustain agricultural systems and contribute more than $24 billion, while the weed control market represents more than $11 billion to the United States economy annually.

Increasing temperatures and carbon dioxide concentrations will affect markets locally and globally due to less availability of stocks deriving in higher prices of food, fiber, biofuels along with major needs of pesticides and herbicides.

New research and technologies are responding to more fluctuating weather by developing drought-tolerant seed variates, planting and seeding patterns, soil and water management practices.  Information systems provide more accurate and spatially comprehensive data about climate change impact on tillage practices, crops and crop residue cover to decision-makers.

Join us to learn more about how new governmental policies and private initiatives are addressing social and economic challenges to capitalize new technologies, research and opportunities to curb climate change effects. In other words, join us to comprehend how leading experts enhance the economic and environmental resilience of our food supply.

In this seminar, attendees will learn about:
**How climate change impacts on agriculture and food supply
**How to increase efficiency of water use and reduce water pollution in agriculture
**New technologies and practices to improve crop and livestock
**How to enhance soil health and promote soil microbial communities
**How to curb declining pollinator health in agricultural systems

**Sally Rockey, Executive Director, The Foundation for Food and Agriculture

Cost: $0 (WCEE members); $15 (non-WCEE members).

Attendees must present their ID at the guards desk prior to go up to the 11th floor.

This is a Lunch & Learn event; please feel free to bring your own lunch.

Contact: Cecilia Maggi (


800 17th Street NW, Suite 1100
800 17th Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington DC 20006

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