Why Are Food Prices Rising? Check the Weather

Farmer Albert Walsh walks through a drought-damaged cornfield in Carmi, Ill., on July 11, 2012 Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Droughts, floods, typhoons, hurricanes, and other forms of extreme weather have devastated crops since the beginning of time. But, as the effects of climate change on our weather become more frequent—and intense—the world’s food supply is subject to more calamity and volatility. Erratic weather can be a significant factor in food shortages and higher prices for everything from wheat and rice to fruits and vegetables to meat and poultry. Here’s a look over the last few years at the local, regional, and global effects of extreme weather on agriculture around the world.

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