Animal Health & Food Security Policy

Local Policies at the Intersection of Environment, Animal Agriculture, and Food Security

Adapting to climate change through water policy for food security

Background Information

A substantial part of the background for this program is found on California climate change portal

The importance of the portal is it gives you an opportunity to explore the approaches California has taken to address climate change. As a state, California is the most active in addressing both mitigation and adaptation.

There are several important strategies for California's climate change policy. The first is reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One strategy is through a cap and trade policy. The outline of the program is found at ( On that page, go to the background section and “what is cap and trade”/ Does this program affect agriculture?

California has developed Agriculture adaptation plans though relatively little is developed for animal agriculture.

Assessment of California's vulnerabilities in the face of climate change

Background for specific topics


California (as are many western states) has significant policies regarding water. A summary of climate change impacts on California’s water resources is available

Is there any suggestion in this document for ranking needs for different users (rural, agricultural, urban, and natural resources?


A fair amount of work has been done to describe both the expected impact of climate change on public health as well as adaption plans. Adaptation plans are generalized at:

A particular focus is on vector-borne diseases: The most current report on the “state” of vector borne diseases in California can be found at: The preface of this report notes changes in disease and vectors – an important issue under climate change.


Hunger and poverty is a global issue but has different dimensions in different parts of the world. This program is based in Sacramento and there is a recent report from Community Link that describes the nature of hunger in Sacramento county, “Hunger hits home”: This report is focused on access and affordability of foods and little on availability. How do those three pieces fit together and how might climate change impact strategies for improving food security?


As part of their policy, regulations, and legislation, California produces assessments of climate impacts on the state. The most recent (third assessment) was completed in 2012, The fourth assessment is just being designed and planned.

For more information about these programs contact Bill Sischo ( or Jonna Mazet

Washington State University