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    Default From Apples to Popcorn, Climate Change Is Altering the Foods America Grows

    Kim Severson
    April 30, 2019

    In every region, farmers and scientists are trying to adapt an array of crops to warmer temperatures, invasive pests, erratic weather and earlier growing seasons.

    The impact may not yet be obvious in grocery stores and greenmarkets, but behind the organic apples and bags of rice and cans of cherry pie filling are hundreds of thousands of farmers, plant breeders and others in agriculture who are scrambling to keep up with climate change.
    Drop a pin anywhere on a map of the United States and you’ll find disruption in the fields. Warmer temperatures are extending growing seasons in some areas and sending a host of new pests into others. Some fields are parched with drought, others so flooded that they swallow tractors.

    Keep reading: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/d...O9K0cWtodB6buI


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    Default Re: From Apples to Popcorn, Climate Change Is Altering the Foods America Grows

    Those involved with agriculture have been dealing with the challenges of climate change for years. Unfortunately, the unpredictable events related to climate change will force more and more smaller farmers out of business. The resources required to deal with the ups & downs will leave us with bigger & bigger Agri-farms, mass producing crops that don't resemble the food we grew eating.

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    Default Re: From Apples to Popcorn, Climate Change Is Altering the Foods America Grows

    You may be right, Mr. Wizard, but I see another possibility. The mega-farms practicing monoculture have either been flooded or covered with sand brought by flood waters, sometimes up to 6' deep. Millions of acres will be out of production this summer. We in the U.S. can expect high food prices and scarcities this fall and winter in the absence of wheat and corn. I see a role for America's small family farms in these circumstances. They are far more diversified, typically producing both meat and vegetables (not forgetting milk and eggs etc.) on smaller and more protected acres. In terms of total production they cannot expect to replace the vast monoculture that has been lost, but they will provide nourishment for many local communities across the country.
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    A very interesting and totally reasonable perspective. I hope you're right. I just wonder if small family farms can generate sufficient working capital to run the farm and deal with all the unpredictable, sometimes costly events associated with the climate change. But, if they can....great!!

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