This article on re-posts a blog written by SEI Scientists Lisa Emberson, Divya Pandey and Sofie Mortensen for The Conversation .

The blog states that there’s substantial evidence that ozone is one of the most phytotoxic (toxic to plants) air pollutants, causing significant damage to agricultural crops worldwide . This has far reaching implications for food security and health as well as the socio-economic impact it has on farmers. Researchers at Stockholm Environment Institute are developing ozone risk and damage assessment tools  for crops.

It concludes “that there is an absolute necessity to understand the linkages and interactions between air quality, climate change, agriculture, food supply, and associated socio-economic implications at the local, regional and global scale to generate a complete picture of the problem and thereby offer effective solutions.

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