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Carbon dioxide levels are on the rise, and one new analysis argues that this fact may cause some of the world’s crops to begin to lose important nutrients. How’s that for a wake-up call?

The new research, lead by Dr. Samuel Myers from Harvard School of Public Health, takes an in-depth look at how nutrients that come from “staple foods” like wheat, rice, maize, sorghum, soybeans and field peas, fare when exposed to the levels of carbon dioxide expected by 2050.

The results aren’t so good, Green Monsters.

“The bottom-line is that our work shows that by 2050 a big chunk of the world’s caloric intake will have lost a significant amount of nutrients like zinc and iron that are very important for human nutrition,” said Myers.
And why should all of this matter? Well, let alone the lack of nutritional value many of us face in a world of processed everything, this could impact disease levels all around the globe.

“Why this matters is because large vitamin and mineral deficiencies already exist today in about 2 billion people,” Myers said. “And the burden of disease associated with these deficiencies is already enormous, particularly in developing countries.”

Myers delves more into the issue: “It’s also the case that about 1.9 billion people now receive at least 70 percent of their dietary iron or zinc or both from staple crops like legumes and grains. So we have a major global health problem that’s set to get much worse.” Yikes!

While carbon dioxide is indeed found naturally in our atmosphere, it’s also a result of human factors, such as car pollution and the creation of electricity.
According to the EPA, “The majority of CO2 now in the atmosphere comes from human activities, according to the EPA. CO2 is one of the heat-trapping gases that’s contributing to climate change,” reports MyFoxPhilly.com.

Guys (and girls), we can’t just stand by and watch our Earth become polluted and allow our food supply to be negatively impacted here. One great way to start? Consider your food footprint, and read up about some of the more environmentally-destructive foods you can consider cutting down on here.

Together, we can reduce the chances of destroying important nutrients in our food!

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11 comments on “Climate Change May Be Turning Your Produce Into Junk Food”

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Andrea Lecky Nyuli
4 Years Ago

What's the point of being rude?

Judy Mitz
4 Years Ago

If carbon dioxide is on the rise, plant some trees or any green plant dumb asses!

Judy Mitz
4 Years Ago

Ah guys plant use carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen and water, the problem is 6 months in cold storage and being imported form other countries!. Did you study Botany in colege? That's the first thing you learn about Photosynthesis!

Tara Sattara
4 Years Ago

Www.lifebook123.com join site

Chantal Loiselle
4 Years Ago

Another BS post!!!!....

Stephanie Kim
4 Years Ago


Luz Loverivera
4 Years Ago


lab seven
4 Years Ago

Top MIT Prof. (Ethos here does not get any greater)
Speaking in regards to Massachusetts’ new $50 million climate change proposal, MIT Professor Richard Lindzen, a leading figure in the climate change movement, pointed out the absurdity of blaming every weather event on global warming and climate change. “The changes that have occurred due to global warning are too small to account for. “It has nothing to do with global warming, it has to do with where we live.” Although supporting the theory of man-made global warming, Lindzen admitted that rhetoric from the political class and green movement has been nothing more than over-the-top “catastrophism.”
“Even many of the people who are supportive of sounding the global warning alarm, back off from catastrophism,” Lindzen said. “It’s the politicians and the green movement that like to portray catastrophe.”
Even more surprising, Lindzen goes on to point out the government’s obvious use of climate change alarmism to push greater state control, even warning over politicians’ use of “crony capitalism.” “Global warming, climate change, all these things are just a dream come true for politicians. The opportunities for taxation, for policies, for control, for crony capitalism are just immense, you can see their eyes bulge,” Lindzen said. Lindzen has frequently been attacked by climate alarmists for refusing to give into political pressures regarding climate The growing number of failed predictions from the global warming crowd has only cooled the public’s belief in recent years.

lab seven
4 Years Ago

Green Freaks number 1 public enemy!

This guy is the very top of the top and He exposes the fear mongers for what they are!

Dr. Lindzen my be one of the biggest threats to the liberal climate change agenda (aside from all of Dr. Mann’s leaked emails).

Now because liberals have an insatiable appetite to slur the great Dr. Lindzen\'s remarkable and highly distinguished climatology record I will therefore paste his credit directly from Wikipedia.
I encourage you to wiki Doc Lindzen yourselves!

Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lindzen is a recipient of the American Meteorological Society\'s Meisinger and Charney Awards, American Geophysical Union\'s Macelwane Medal, and the Leo Prize from the Wallin Foundation in Goteborg, Sweden. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and was named Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society. He is a corresponding member of the NAS Committee on Human Rights, and a member of the United States National Research Council Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. He was a consultant to the Global Modeling and Simulation Group at NASA\'s Goddard Space Flight Center, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at California Institute of Technology\'s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Lindzen is an ISI highly cited researcher.

I had one liberal on a blog say he was not even a Climatologist!. Well he is as climatologist as one can get!

Jane K
4 Years Ago

Oh, really? Was this a real study where they grew some plants in a CO2 enriched chamber, or was it a computer model (cough tweakable)? What is the mechanism by which CO2 affects nutrients?

Peter Simmons
09 May 2014

"Search Carbon Dioxide Levels in USA" The level have fallen to a 20 year low and are decreasing rapidly
Great job USA. Let us keep it up! With Solar Cells getting cheaper and electric cars and most important LED
lighting that reduce heat output and reduce electrical consumption. Now we must slow the cutting of old growth
tree with "Hardy Plank" (Concrete wood substitute). Let lift our country\'s scientific heroes.
Within 5 years there will be no need for taxation of CO2 and the filling of politician\'s pockets with the money.

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