Thursday, June 6, 2013

Food Security and Global Warming

From Al Jazeera:
Researchers are warning that rising global temperatures could see a shift in the world's traditional staples and who grows them.
They predict that maize, wheat and rice production will decrease in many developing countries - forcing farmers to replace them with crops more resistant to heat, drought and flooding.

The prediction, if true, would put more pressure on a world already facing a potential crisis over global food security.

The UN commissioned report says yields of the world's three main sources of calories will decrease by 2050, as temperatures rise.

Wheat is forecast to drop by 13 per cent in developing countries, while rice could see yields fall by 15 per cent. And maize farmers in Africa could lose up to 20 per cent of their crops.

We can see the Great Famine coming. But we're really not planning on doing anything to avoid it....

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