Preparing for Climate Impacts on the Food System
Today, building on the Climate Data Initiative, the White House unveiled a new theme on climate.data.gov to empower America’s agricultural sector and strengthen the resilience of the global food system to climate change.
USGCRP’s Third National Climate Assessment, released in May, confirms that climate disruptions to agriculture have been increasing and are projected to become more severe over this century, with consequences for national and global food security. The new theme of the Climate Data Initiative aims to connect farmers, food distributors, and agricultural businesses with the data and tools they need to understand how climate change impacts—such as more intense heat waves, heavier downpours, and severe droughts and wildfires in the West—are affecting their operations today, and what steps they can take to prepare for and help reduce climate change. In addition to providing access to open government data and tools, this effort includes a series of Federally sponsored agriculture innovation workshops and leverages commitments from leading food, agriculture, and technology businesses.
- Read more from the White House: fact sheet | blog post
- Explore the new food resilience theme on climate.data.gov
- Learn more about the impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security from the Third National Climate Assessment