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Climate change and our food supply

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Soon it will be evident to everyone: Climate change will decimate our food supply. It has already begun, and this summer will tell an interesting story. Justin Gilles writes in the NY Times of belated attempts to breed crops for future climate conditions. But between here and there are millions upon millions of deaths from famine.

Written by LeisureGuy

4 June 2011 at 7:46 pm

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  1. This story doesn’t gel for me; it does not have a solid foundation and then makes a leap. If I recall correctly, the reason why prices spiked for corn, wheat, and rice was not due to the weather; there were a lot of factors that caused them to jump in 2006-2008, and they never retreated. One reason was the Bush plan to use more than 1/4 of our corn supply to produce ethanol; the cost of wheat quadrupled because the farmers cut back on the amount of wheat being grown for local use and decided to export it because they made so much money on the trade inequities; I recall a guy on the radio going out of business because he could not afford flour to make pizza; up from $40 a bag to over $200; the rice crop in the Far East suffered some sort of a virus at that time as well; all crops have always had good years and bad years due to weather, of course, usually drought or flood; the prices of these staples is what led to Arab Spring this year. But to base this story on climate change with the underlying point “we have to learn how to manage the client change because we need to double the amount of corn, wheat, and rice we produce” seems like a smoke around the real problem of figuring out how to produce twice as much food when people are already starving.


    5 June 2011 at 6:06 am

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