Report suggests world food shocks likely to grow more common due to global warming

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(—A report issued by the Global Food Security program, offers dire warnings of disruptions to food supplies in the future due to changes in the environment wrought by global warning. Titled "Extreme weather and resilience of the global food system," the authors of the report note that weather extremes have already caused some food problems and suggest that changes be made to the current system to prevent suffering and unrest in parts of the world as shocks to the food production system grow more common.

A host of scientists, industry experts, policy makers and others contributed to creating the report, and multiple experts from across the globe were consulted. The result is a report that notes the suffering that happens when disruption occurs, primarily in third world nations, or in those countries that are heavily dependent on . They suggest that the study of the past indicates that going forward, serious events that caused problems with food production, such as droughts, that have happened on average once a century, likely will occur as often as every thirty years, or once a decade later this century. And there is, they add, a likelihood that some of those shocks to the system could be worse than has been seen before.

In addition to global warming, there are other factors that could cause food problems—globalization of food production is one example. Droughts in a major food producing country, the authors note, tend to lead to export controls, leading to food shortages in countries that depend on such imports, mainly, in Africa. Abrupt changes in the price of oil can cause problems as well—not only does the price of oil directly impact the cost of food production, but it can lead to more reliance on crops dedicated to producing energy, rather than food for hungry bellies. And of course there is the looming need to grow more food as the world population continues to expand at an alarming rate.

The authors suggest that most food production shocks in the near future likely will not impact developed nations much, especially those that grow most of their own food. It will be developing nations or regions that are not able to produce much food, such as the Middle East, that will feel the brunt of or spikes in costs. They suggest that countries get together soon to figure out a way to offset the problems that can occur during regional droughts and to better understand what is at stake. An early warning system, they note, that could predict price spikes could help.

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Aug 17, 2015
I thought denglish said this was all a hoax. I think he is the hoax.

What now? How do we get back the fertile fields and beneficial environment we had before we fouled our nest?

Aug 17, 2015
As the world population increases, food chain logistics problems become more complex and entangled. This is hard-wired into the mathematics of the population dynamics for a fixed availability of resources (water, arable land, etc.) with an unrestricted population growth rate.

Aug 17, 2015
What a conundrum!
Need more socialism, more govt control to stop AGW, ....but more socialism leads to less food production.
If AGWites were really concerned about food production they would be promoting free markets and less central govt planning (aka socialism).

Aug 17, 2015
Did the author of this article actually read the PDF / report ??

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If we assume instead that there is no CO2 fertilization at this large scale, we find similar but even more severe effects in later decades

I.E. World food shocks / shortages will be less common due to Co2 emissions.

Aug 18, 2015
Yea lets fight global warming, we better have a new ice-age soon so food will grow better.


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