Food and Climate Change: Global Challenges and Maine Responses
First Congregational Church
The seminar will first consider global farming and fishing efforts at mitigation and adaptation in climate change. It will then consider the relevance of these to farming and fishing in the United States and Maine.
Global warming poses enormous risks to global food security. Major effects of increased greenhouse gas emissions – droughts, floods, ocean acidification and rising sea levels – are already impacting farming and fishing in Maine and many regions of the globe. Estimates of 30 percent of total worldwide greenhouse gases are emitted from farm fertilizers, by energy used to produce and transport food and deforestation for grazing and farm lands. But agriculture also contributes to mitigating climate change by sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere, especially through organic farming methods.