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The LIFE program - Strategic Initiative for Reduced Human Survival

Global climate change impacts are projected to be serious to severe in short-term projections (10 - 12 years), impacting planetary habitability and human survival on a global scale. This necessitates strategic planning in advance for severe impacts upon food production, habitability and resiliancy.

From the LIFE program executive summary:

Negative habitat and biosphere changes affecting the planet's ability to support life necessitates planning in advance for reduced human and biosphere survival. This outcome will occur whether or not humanity manages to respond to climate change in any significant way (which looks extremely unlikely within the United States).

It is already known that severe and extreme impacts are guaranteed to occur and are now considered unstoppable. Many parts of the world will become uninhabitable, rapidly increasing in size and scale as effects worsen. Dramatic population losses are deemed completely unavoidable. Species extinctions throughout the globe will be very significant including the very real possibilty of human extinction due to habitat losses. Our ability to grow food will be seriously imperiled, affecting human survival and population levels.

Current adaption and mitigation planning and strategy by world governments is still at a nascent stage. According to the Third National Climate Assessment Report, these efforts are inadequate and insufficient, their effectiveness is not known and efforts have only been incremental in scope. This, and other published reports is strong evidence that an adequate response to the issue of human survival and that of the biosphere will remain inadequate and will even be outpaced by climate effects. The pace and magnitude of projected changes emphasize the need to be prepared for a wide range and intensity of climate impacts in the future. Proactive responses are urgent and necessary.

There is also little literature evaluating the effectiveness of adaptation actions to date. Evaluation and monitoring efforts, to date, have focused on the creation of process-based rather than outcome-based indicators. It is already clear that the intended response to climate impacts is not going to be the right response, primarily due to cumalitive failures to assess the viability of civilization within the known scale of cascading climate impacts.

It is the view of the LIFE program participants and project managers that humanity will not survive in anything like its present form as cascading climate effects destroys the global civilization (especially agriculture and food production). Intelligent adaptive actions for human survival can still be taken now, but become increasingly unlikely and ineffective as climate change effects worsen.

Food Assets has partnered with the LIFE program and will be playing a key role during the planning phases of this initiative. Immediate preparations are required by all participants.

Implications for US National Security of Anticipated Climate Change - Office Of the Director of National Intelligence

Adverse Effects on Food Prices or Availability

More frequent extreme weather events, ranging from droughts to extreme rainfall, would significantly threaten agricultural production. Moreover, long - term climate trends — such as more very hot days, changing precipitation patterns, and poleward shifts of tropical clouds — along with constraints on land, water, and energy also put upward pressure on food prices. We judge that in countries with weak political institutions, climate - induced threats to food security sharpen the risk of social disruption, migration, or large - scale political instability.