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“The success of agriculture has been astounding,” said Cynthia Rosenzweig, a researcher at NASA who helped pioneer the study of climate change and agriculture. “But I think there’s starting to be premonitions that it may not continue forever.”
A scramble is on to figure out whether climate science has been too sanguine about the risks. Some researchers, analyzing computer forecasts that are used to advise governments on future crop prospects, are pointing out what they consider to be gaping holes. These include a failure to consider the effects of extreme weather, like the floods
Those price jumps, though felt only moderately in the West, have worsened hunger for tens of millions of poor people, destabilizing politics in scores of countries, from Mexico to Uzbekistan to Yemen. The Haitian government was ousted in 2008 amid food riots, and anger over high prices has played a role in the recent Arab uprisings.
In 2007 and 2008, with grain stockpiles low, prices doubled and in some cases tripled. Whole countries began hoarding food, and panic buying ensued in some markets, notably for rice. Food riots broke out in more than 30 countries.
“We’ve doubled the world’s food production several times before in history, and now we have to do it one more time,” said Jonathan A. Foley, a researcher at the University of Minnesota. “The last doubling is the hardest. It is possible, but it’s not going to be easy.”
Originally posted by 13th Zodiac
I get angry at this logic, it's a deliberate scarcity.Are you aware of just how much food is buried by farmers because they can't sell it for what it cost them and even worse they are not allowed to sell because of trade embargo's ? This is garbage,100,000's of ton are buried monthly because farmers have been legistlated and penalized out of existance. Fruit,veg and livestock.Learn where food actually comes from before using this as an excuse.It makes me sick at how farmers are losing their farms and homes.On average in my area at least 3 farmers shoot themselves a week and you never hear a word in the papers ! This is disgusting all this food going to waste while children are starving around the world.The goverment and their departments need their asses kicked.Throw the fat obese parasites out of office.Global warming is caused by all that hot air they blow out their asses.
Originally posted by Tephra
If the planet was getting warmer, which it isn't.
We would have increased plant life, and increased crop production.
The fact is, the planet has been cooling for the last ten years, and we break thousands of cold and snow records each year for the last few years.
If anything is damaging our harvests, it's the cold snaps, and early-late frost.
The Earth is doing fantastically, it is continuing on it's usual cycle oblivious to the tiny fleas dancing around on it's back screaming about it's doom.
Earth is a planet with constantly fluctuating weather patterns driven by solar, lunar, ocean, and orbital effects. It swings from warmth to glacial. We are living on it.
On average in my area at least 3 farmers shoot themselves a week and you never hear a word in the papers !
Originally posted by TheComte
There is more than enough food already being produced to feed the world several times over. But, as mentioned, there are laws that prevent our surpluses from being distributed to the needy in our own communities and around the world.
The report explores how such an abrupt climate change scenario could potentially
de-stabilize the geo-political environment, leading to skirmishes, battles, and even
war due to resource constraints such as:
1) Food shortages due to decreases in net global agricultural production
2) Decreased availability and quality of fresh water in key regions due to shifted
precipitation patters, causing more frequent floods and droughts
3) Disrupted access to energy supplies due to extensive sea ice and storminess
As global and local carrying capacities are reduced, tensions could mount around the
world, leading to two fundamental strategies: defensive and offensive. Nations with
the resources to do so may build virtual fortresses around their countries, preserving
resources for themselves. Less fortunate nations especially those with ancient
enmities with their neighbors, may initiate in struggles for access to food, clean
water, or energy.