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What Does the Changing Climate Mean for Food Security?

Best-selling author and climate activist Bill McKibben recently joined Columbia Mailman professor Lew Ziska for a conversation about the threat of climate change on global food security. The conversation was moderated by Alfredo Morabia, editor of the American Journal of Public Health and professor of epidemiology.

McKibben said climate-related disasters are already making it harder to grow food, contributing to an uptick in hunger around the world—a sharp reversal after decades of nutrition gains. “The most basic human question is ‘what’s for dinner?’ or even more basically, ‘is there going to be any?’” he said. “That’s a question we thought we had begun to lick in the 20th century. It’s now a question that is being deeply reopened.”

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