Agriculture gets Bad News from U.N. Climate Report

Aug 9, 2019  | 2 min  | Ep4451

According to USDA, one farmer feeds 155 people annually. Holding on to that number could get more challenging as the population grows and the climate changes.

A recent study by The Union of Concerned Scientists revealed the number of days topping 100 degrees will increase over the next 80 years. Those hot, humid days could impact crop production.

The United Nations piled on to the news as the planet’s population ticks towards 7.7 billion.

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The agricultural industry received an extra helping of bad news as a newly released report put farming in a negative light.

Over 100 scientists from 52 countries signed-off on a United Nations whitepaper at the end of this week. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded human actions on the land are increasing global carbon dioxide levels. In turn, the report reveals the higher CO2 levels are degrading the quality of the food being grown. Released this week in Geneva, the study concludes global temperature will increase over 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the next 50 years and could increase food insecurity worldwide. However, authors of the study say a change in human behavior may be the best plan to combatting the problem.

Jim Skea, Co-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:” Some diets require more land and water and lead to higher emissions than others. For example diets that are high in grains, nuts and vegetables have a lower carbon footprint than those that are high in meat and they lead to better health outcomes."

For Market to Market, I’m John Torpy

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