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By Larry Dreiling
Global warming makes feeding the world harder and more expensive, a United Nations scientific panel said.
A warmer world will push food prices higher, trigger “hotspots of hunger” among the world’s poorest people, and put the crunch on Western delights like fine wine and robust coffee, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in a 32-volume report issued March 31.
“We’re facing the specter of reduced yields in some of the key crops that feed humanity,” IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri said in press conference at Yokohama, Japan, where IPCC released the report.
Even though heat and carbon dioxide are often considered good for plants, the overall effect of various aspects of man-made warming is that it will reduce food production compared to a world without global warming, the report said.
The last time IPCC reported on the effects of warming in 2007, it said it was too early to tell whether climate change would increase or decrease food production, and many skeptics talked of a greening world. But in the past several years, the scientific literature has been overwhelming in showing that climate change hurts food production, said Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution of Science and lead author of the climate report. [Read More]
In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has den [Read More]
An estimated 34 million Americans are caregivers for an older family member, and of that number, 15 percent live one or more hours away from their loved one, according to t [Read More]
The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers is hosting a Farm Bill Explanation Tour April 22 to 24 at five locations in eastern Colorado to explain the “The Agriculture Act of 2014 [Read More]
A new reference book written by a U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist and his university colleague should prove to be an invaluable resource for researchers, p [Read More]
A group of Kansas Livestock Association officers and staff was in Washington, D.C., this week for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Legislative Conference. [Read More]
In the 1970s, Missouri and several other states adopted laws prohibiting the ownership of farmland by foreign entities. Th [Read More]