Global climate change will influence food safety in a number of ways, some of which will include:
- Increased bacterial adaptation, leading to more aggressive foodborne illnesses
- Which will lead to increased veterinary drug use, thus perpetuating a feedback loop where more bacterial resistance is observed
- Increased flooding, leading to waste being spread into fields, increasing the likelihood of foodborne pathogen spread via soil contamination
- Increased natural disasters, leading to increased foodborne illness as emergency responders fail to address food safety as a top priority, and consumers are left without power or running water
- Increased mold and mycotoxin growth, leading to increased food poisoning events
For more information about the topics above, see “The Effects of Climate Change on Foodborne Illness.”
• Stop Foodborne Illness favors policies that slow climate change to protect the public from the potential food safety risks that could result from environmental disruption.
• We encourage the food industry, as well as individual consumers, to reduce their environmental impact as much as possible without putting their own health or the health of others at risk.