The reality has set in. The longer the U.S. government holds off on addressing and mitigating the effects of climate change, the more costly it will be for us, and for the planet. The White House announced the average cost of these delays earlier this week, and on July 29, the president announced a series of partnerships with various food and agricultural businesses to ensure the resiliency of American food security in preparation for further climate changes.
The partnerships (with large companies such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé), are aimed at strengthening American agricultural production (which has actually fallen slowly but steadily since 2009). The Climate Assessment, released in May, revealed that crop yield will definitely be affected by climate change. The administration will be unveiling new sets of data, and the USDA will be hosting a series of agriculture innovation workshops designed to keep coming up with new ways to keep up with food demand, and how to prepare for any future food emergencies.
The data will be available on GeoPlatform.gov, in the hope that they will shape the future of agricultural production in America.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi