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Food PolicyIntegrating health, environment and society$
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Tim Lang, David Barling, and Martin Caraher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198567882

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567882.001.0001

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The environment and ecosystems

The environment and ecosystems

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(p.187) Chapter 6 The environment and ecosystems
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Food Policy
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Tim Lang

David Barling

Martin Caraher

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567882.003.0006

This chapter explores the environmental impacts of food production and contemporary supply chains, and the policy responses that have emerged to address these impacts. These policy responses are still quite hesitant and the environmental impacts are still unfolding as we complete the first decade of the new millennium. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment has warned that fifteen out of the twenty-four of the world's ecosystem services are being degraded or used unsustainably. Climate change is bringing in its wake sudden and unexpected variations in climate resulting in weather extremes in terms of severe drought or storms and flooding, which can decimate harvests and widen the spread of insect-borne animal disease dislocating upon food supply. The impacts of dislocated food supply affect the poorest nations and the poorest within individual national economies most severely.

Keywords:   food supply, environmental policy, environmental impact, food production, supply chains

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