Climate change and crops: Food insecurity a growing concern
A new national report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs highlights the effects of climate change on food insecurity.
Former Secretary of Agriculture Daniel Glickman leads the report and wants Washington to pay attention. He says the recent report on climate change did not address how that would impact food insecurity in the United States and the developing world.
Glickman says, “The big thing that worries me is the rate of production of agriculture commodities has flattened and climate change will result in a 2% reduction on annual basis in some crops.” He says the upper Midwest may not feel it as much as California and other areas in the West.
With an estimated 10 billion people on earth by 20-50 he says now is the time to get ready.
Already, farmers are feeling the pinch. He says more needs to be done to invest in education, “For one we need to do research on things like drought and we have to invest in bio engineering and bio technology.”
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