By now, everyone is probably aware that global warming could result in rising sea levels due to the melting of glaciers and polar ice caps. However, scientists realized that climate change might have a previously overlooked effect on humans – the planet’s heating up might make us even fatter. We are at even higher risk of obesity.
Recently, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released a report predicting the possible consequences rising CO2 levels may have on global food supply in terms of quality and nutrition. Surprisingly, the report made a startling conclusion that if CO2 levels continue to rise at current projected rates, produce from plants would contain lower proteins and micro-nutrients but higher in carbohydrates, reports YahooNews.
This conclusion is particularly troubling given the current obesity levels. If people were to eat the same amount of plant based food, it would mean that by 2100, the changes in the plant’s nutrients would result in an increase in cases of malnutrition as well as micro-nutrient deficients even with the same amount of food intake.