Issues of Justice: Inequity and the Right to Food PDF Print E-mail

Shalini Gupta and Cecilia Martinez, IATP; Olivier De Schutter, UN; BBC

There is a huge difference between wealthy nations and poorer ones in their contribution to the global warming crisis facing the Earth and in the impact global warming is currently having on these countries.  Shalini Gupta and Cecilia Martinez of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy point deschutterout that government policies created the disparities we see today in development, energy use, and CO2 emissions

In a video recorded talk, Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, advocates rethinking the relationship between the climate change agenda and the human rights agenda, especially the right to food.  "The effect of climate change on the right to food will be massive in the next few years . . . whole regions will find it more difficult to feed themselves as the result of changes in temperature and more extreme weather related events." Listen to his talk on finding ways to make the right to food and climate mitigation mutually complementary.

Climate Change and the Right to Food

The BBC reports on how climate change is affecting food security in Africa right now. Across the Horn of Africa, 20 million people need food aid. Droughts that used to come every few years are now a regular occurrence. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi led the African delegation to the Copenhagen Summit. He said, "Africa is going to be hit hardest,and it's going to be hit first."

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2011 04:11


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