How a Warming Planet Will Change What’s on Your Plate
The latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are out, and the news from the farm is dim. Researchers say climate change has already cut yields of wheat and corn, taking a bite out of gains achieved by better farming technology. Add in a growing world population, expected to hit nine billion by 2050, and you have what sustainability expert Jonathan Foley calls “one of the biggest dangers to the planet”: our need to eat.
Jonathan Foley is director of the Institute on the Environment at University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Katherine Hayhoe is a professor and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.