15 Jan '12, 2pm

Weather-related havoc is being wrought - on America's most weather-dependent industry, agriculture.

As NRDC launches a new, web-based extreme-weather mapping tool , I’ve been reflecting on how this year’s abnormal weather patterns have affected farmers and our food supply. Stories of droughts turning rich, moist soil into a powdery dust and hurricanes submerging farmland were more common this year. The crop damage resulting from these types of climate-related disasters can be crippling for farmers, and the loss of food adds insult to injury when you consider the outrageous amount of food that is already wasted in this country. Hurricane Irene, for instance, arrived in the Northeast at the height of the growing season at the end of August and hit farmers hard. “I’ve been involved in agriculture my entire life, and there have been times when the weather has wreaked havoc on livestock and farms,” says New York State’s agriculture commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine. “But I don...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dgunders/climate_disast...

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