New Briefing Published: Climate Change and Food Safety

Climate and Food Safety Briefing

 

This week, the 2015 World Health Day took place on April 7th, focusing on the theme of Food Safety, and included the production of many useful informational resources, accessible here.

 

Following this, we have produced a briefing document which explores some of the main connections between climate change and food safety, including potential increases in food and water-borne diseases such as cholera, algal blooms and nutrition under climate change.

 

You can download the briefing for free here, or simply click on the image.

 

  

Key messages:

1) Climate change threatens food safety in a range of direct and indirect ways, putting health – particularly children’s health - and development at risk.

2) Health professionals have a responsibility to advocate for strong measures to combat climate change, to protect the health and nutritional status of their patients.

3) The UN climate negotiations in December present a major opportunity for health professionals from across the international health community can come together to advocate for a strong global climate agreement that protects health.

 

Food safety infographic

We have also produced an infographic (right) which summarises some of the main mechanisms by which climate change increases the risks of food and water-borne disease, downloadable here.

Please help us by sharing the briefing and infographic with health professionals and relevant policy-makers in your country, and through social media.