ST Podcast: How climate change affects our food supply

This month, ST’s environment correspondent Audrey Tan and assistant foreign editor David Fogarty (left) chats with Professor William Chen - Nanyang Technological University’s Michael Fam Chair Professor and the director of its Food Science and Te
This month, ST’s environment correspondent Audrey Tan and assistant foreign editor David Fogarty (left) chats with Professor William Chen - Nanyang Technological University’s Michael Fam Chair Professor and the director of its Food Science and Technology Programme - on the link between climate change and Singapore’s food supply.

Green Pulse Ep 8: How climate change affects our food supply

13 mins

Synopsis: In this new podcast series for 2019, The Straits Times dives into all things green, blue and brown. Green Pulse analyses the beat of the changing environment, from biodiversity conservation to climate change. 

This episode focuses more on the link between food and climate change, and how small actions, from wasting less food or eating more vegetables instead of meat, can help.

This month, ST environment correspondent Audrey Tan and assistant foreign editor David Fogarty chats with Professor William Chen, who is Nanyang Technological University’s Michael Fam Chair Professor and the director of its Food Science and Technology Programme, on the link between climate change and Singapore’s food supply. 

As a small island-state, Singapore does not have the space to accommodate acres of farmland. It imports more than 90 per cent of its food. In 2018, 53 per cent of Singapore’s food supply was imported from Asean nations, according to the Singapore Food Agency.

In August, a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlighted how climate change and poor land management practices threaten the world's farmlands and food security.

Global warming, for example, could affect the types of crops grown in the tropics, making food security an issue of concern for Singapore. 

Produced by: Audrey Tan (audreyt@sph.com.sg)

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Edited by: Adam Azlee

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