Climate change and its health impacts on food

by Editor
Monday, October 13, 2008

On 14 October 2008 a seminar is organised to address "Climate Change and its Health Impacts on Food/Water Safety and Nutrition".

The seminar – which is being organised in collaboration between the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO Europe), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Italian Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs – is being held within the framework of World Food Day 2008 and its theme “World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy”.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that health security is seriously at risk and projects that temperatures in Europe could rise up to 6 °C during the 21st century. Climate change is expected to pose considerable challenges to nutrition and the safety of food and water. It could also impact upon the food chain by affecting plant and animal health, and could even threaten the security of food supply.