A new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters suggests that climate change is threatening fruit production, with soft fruits such as grapes, bananas and peaches likely to cut production by nearly a third,media reported. Sea levelrise and storm surges due to climate change can lead to reduced rainfall and increased water salinity, said researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Without action, the world’s most vulnerable regions could reduce fruit production by 21 per cent and 28 per cent, respectively.
Of these fruits, grapes, bananas and peanuts were most affected by drought, while citrus fruits were most affected by increased salinity, the researchers said.
A similar study of vegetables has previously found that climate change could also lead to a reduction of about a third of its products, and that global coffee production will be half-baked by 2050 due to climate variability, with coffee in short supply and high prices in the future.
“With the world becoming more connected today, we must rethink how we can have a sustainable and resilient food system,” said Pauline Scherbeelk, one of the study’s authors. “