Climate's Imprint on America's Food Lifeline: A Critical Analysis of Supply Chain Adaptations in the Face of Environmental Shifts

Andrew Everton Raffington *

Mercer University, Georgia, USA.

Joseph Seun Adesiyan

Western Illinois University, USA.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

In the unfolding narrative of climate change, its impact on the stability and resilience of food supply chains is becoming increasingly critical. "Climate's Imprint on America's Food Lifeline" delves into a comprehensive analysis of how the U.S. food supply chain is adapting to the challenges posed by environmental shifts. This research navigates through the intricate interplay between climate change and supply chain management, spotlighting innovative resilience strategies against emerging threats.

Employing a mixed-method approach, the study integrates quantitative data with business case  insights from industry experts. It begins by dissecting the multifaceted impacts of climate change on agricultural production and logistics, including extreme weather events and their cascading effects like price volatility and supply shortages. This exploration extends to evaluating the socioeconomic repercussions that these supply chain disruptions entail.

At its core, the research investigates adaptive measures ranging from diversification of sourcing to the adoption of sustainable practices and cutting-edge technologies. The efficacy of these strategies is critically assessed, focusing on their capacity to fortify supply chain resilience and promote sustainability.

Further, the paper delves into the policy landscape, examining how governmental actions and regulations are shaping supply chain responses. It underscores the significance of public-private partnerships and policy support in steering the industry toward resilience.

The findings reveal a paradigm shift towards more integrated and proactive risk management in the face of climate change. Despite formidable challenges, the paper identifies substantial opportunities for innovation and industry transformation.

Concluding with actionable recommendations, this study serves as a vital resource for policymakers, industry stakeholders, and researchers. It underscores the imperative for collaborative efforts in tackling the multifaceted challenges climate change poses to the food supply chain, highlighting the need for robust, adaptive strategies to safeguard the future of America's food lifeline.

Keywords: Climate's imprint, food lifeline, climate change, food chain


How to Cite

Raffington , A. E., & Adesiyan, J. S. (2024). Climate’s Imprint on America’s Food Lifeline: A Critical Analysis of Supply Chain Adaptations in the Face of Environmental Shifts. International Journal of Environment and Climate Change, 14(2), 53–68. https://doi.org/10.9734/ijecc/2024/v14i23919

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