Recognizing the Link Among Climate Change, Food, and Poverty

46 Clearinghouse Review Journal of Poverty Law & Policy 289 (Sept.-Oct. 2012)

7 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2014

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Helen H. Kang

Golden Gate University School of Law - Environmental Law and Justice Clinic

Date Written: September 1, 2012

Abstract

The United States must begin to meet in earnest the challenges that climate change poses to adequate nutrition for the poor and the hungry. Climate change is profoundly affecting agriculture and is expected to continue to do so, resulting in sometimes-sharp food-price fluctuations to which our government at all levels is unprepared to respond. While those with resources may be able to cope with price volatility, those who are already undernourished are less able without government programs nimbly responding to fluctuations in food prices. Compounding the problem for U.S. households, the predicted cost increases of other necessities such as energy will leave low-income and underfed families with even less income to feed themselves. Governments, antipoverty and environmental advocates, and foundations must plan now to meet this enormous and complex challenge.

Keywords: food insecurity, climate change, SNAP, food price, food price volatility

Suggested Citation

Kang, Helen Haekyong, Recognizing the Link Among Climate Change, Food, and Poverty (September 1, 2012). 46 Clearinghouse Review Journal of Poverty Law & Policy 289 (Sept.-Oct. 2012), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2463343

Helen Haekyong Kang (Contact Author)

Golden Gate University School of Law - Environmental Law and Justice Clinic ( email )

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San Francisco, CA 94105
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