Monday, January 30, 2012

Less Wheat From Now On

It is an accepted fact that the world is growing warmer. However, a lot of people are choosing to ignore the problem as they feel the effects of global warming would only be felt in the future. They feel that global warming does not affect the here and now; AKA, it’s not their problem.

A U.S. led study however is making a serious dent in that assumption. With the change in temperature, the world’s weather pattern has changed as well. And with the change in weather pattern, it comes as no surprise that our food supplies are going to be affected.

In the study, wheat (one of the world’s main food sources for humans) is beginning to show effects of global warming. Scientists from Stanford University released data showing that wheat crops are now aging faster and producing less. Climate scientists say that higher world temperature is to blame for this and warned that as episodes of extreme heat are becoming more frequent across the globe. As the temperature increase, there will be huge challenges for farmers growing the crop.

This is not in the future but in the here and now. Farmers will need to adapt to the changing environment now as the weather is changing as we speak. So for those people who are choosing to ignore global warming as they feel the problem will not affect them; you are so, so wrong.

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