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The United States must begin to meet in earnest the challenges that climate change poses to adequate nutrition for the poor and the hungry. Climate change is profoundly affecting agriculture and is expected to continue to do so, resulting in sometimes-sharp food-price fluctuations to which our government at all levels is unprepared to respond. While those with resources may be able to cope with price volatility, those who are already undernourished are less able without government programs nimbly responding to fluctuations in food prices. Compounding the problem for U.S. households, the predicted cost increases of other necessities such as energy will leave low-income and underfed families with even less income to feed themselves. Governments, antipoverty and environmental advocates, and foundations must plan now to meet this enormous and complex challenge.


This article was first published in

46 Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy 289

(September-October 2012)

© 2012 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law