Increased Levels of Carbon Dioxide Affect Nutritional Values

| May 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The complex anatomy of a human body, can be excellently compared to a car which regularly needs some adequate amounts of gasoline to keep it going. But what happens if one day, our bodies are no longer as efficient as they were because of the increased levels of carbon dioxide in our midst? Based on recent scientific findings, the said harmful element which is already present in most crops is continuously creating havoc because it could possibly affect the vital nutrients of the food that we eat. Among the most affected foodstuffs are corn, field peas, wheat and soybeans to name a few.

These staple foodstuffs could possibly lose their nutrients because of carbon dioxide's high levels.

These staple foodstuffs could possibly lose their nutrients because of carbon dioxide’s high levels.

Furthermore, scientists have estimated that the above mentioned crops will severely suffer these devastating environmental consequences in the year 2050. Similarly, Dr. Samuel Myers, a research scientist of the Harvard School of Public Health has this to say.

The bottom-line is that our work shows that by 2050 a big chunk of the world’s caloric intake will have lost a significant amount of nutrients like zinc and iron that are very important for human nutrition.

Also, he further stated that

Why this matters is because large vitamin and mineral deficiencies already exist today in about 2 billion people.

Therefore,

And the burden of disease associated with these deficiencies is already enormous, particularly in developing countries.

Generally, CO2 is a kind of gas that is inherently present in our atmosphere. Moreover, it can also be produced as a result of the different activities of mankind. For instance, it is being automatically manufactured when people are driving their own vehicles everyday. Aside from this inevitable activity, whenever we use some electricity in our daily undertakings Co2 will surely be emitted each day. This was according to the conclusive findings of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

At present, the total amount of Co2 in a global landscape is being estimated at 400 parts per million. In essence, rice, wheat and your favorite soybeans had already lost large amounts of iron and zinc. Given this kind of situation, what shall we do next alongside with the most effective measures that are to be highly recommended by scientists?

Myers have time and again reiterated that

One is to try to contain CO2 levels. But the problem is that the CO2 levels that most people believe we’ll see by 2050 are expected regardless of any efforts to mitigate against climate change that might theoretically be taken now, because most of the efforts being discussed are about trying to reduce even higher levels of CO2 in the future.

The next best thing that we should do in the not so distant future is this.

The other avenue is to try and reduce vulnerability by developing crop breeds that are less sensitive to this effect.

To wrap up, the ultimate solutions to these health and hazards are: First, experts must be able to research and develop some sophisticated devices that will finally curb the dramatic increase in carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere before it’s too late. Also, we must adopt a more eco-friendly type of transportation that does not emit Co2. Nevertheless, let us not forget that this gas is badly needed by other living things in order to survive by using their own special mechanisms.

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