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COP27: Food Day Finally Arrives as Sector Faces Crisis

Saturday’s theme at the UN climate talks was adaptation and agriculture.

A worker holds soybeans during a harvest in Waynesfield, Ohio, US, on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2022.

A worker holds soybeans during a harvest in Waynesfield, Ohio, US, on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2022.

Photographer: Matthew Hatcher/Bloomberg

Farming is feeling the heat from climate change like no other sector and so this was the moment many food folks had long hoped to see. For the first time in the history of climate talks, a presidency devoted a full day to the topic.

The Adaptation and Agriculture Day kicked off Saturday against the backdrop of a global food crisis. Extreme weather is pummeling crops, food inflation is raging around the world and the war in Ukraine strains access to a key breadbasket.