28 Dec '11, 1pm

Why Agriculture Needs to Catch Up on Climate Change Action

Why Agriculture Needs to Catch Up on Climate Change Action

Farmers know weather. They know that the rainfall and temperature patterns that they depend on for productive yields are increasingly volatile. Agriculture is one of the first sectors that will be seriously affected by climate change. We're already seeing the impacts: the record-breaking drought and heat wave in Texas this year, for example, greatly depressed peanut yields, tripled prices for processors and led to a consumer price increase of 30-40 percent on peanut butter, the Wall Street Journal reported . Climate change will likely impact average temperatures, and the frequency of heat waves and extreme weather events, including storms, floods and droughts, is expected to increase, all with repercussions that will be felt by the agriculture sector. Against this backdrop of changing environmental conditions, major food and beverage companies such as H.J. Heinz and ConAgr...

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