Family harvesting crops, near Jaipur, India.

Here’s Why Climate Alarmists Are Ignoring All-Time Record Crop Production in India

 

By Vijay Jayaraj

From The Western Journal

All-time record crop production in India belies the doomsday narrative of climate alarmists. To no great surprise, the U.N. and media ignore the remarkable achievement of this country of 1.4 billion people because it contradicts a political agenda pursued with religious fervor.

Even as the world’s largest democracy enhances global food security, the media spread news of the U.N.’s “code red” for humanity over August’s specious report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that rising temperatures threaten the earth.

In fact, India’s record food production contradicts claims about adverse climatic effects on crops.

Countries across the globe are experiencing improved environmental health: Pollution levels are down in the developed world and nations are increasingly using their financial wealth for reforestation and betterment of ecosystems, including that of the agricultural sector.

India has outperformed the previous year’s crop production by an incredible 3.7 percent — 308 million tons for 2020-21 compared to a previous 297 million tons.

The agricultural ministry noted that all major crops — including wheat, maize and oilseeds — registered record output this year. India has also had its highest-ever horticulture production in 2021, which includes fruits, vegetables, aromatic and medicinal plants, spices and plantation crops.

Several factors have contributed to the massive crop output that is a welcome departure from continual famines of the 1950s and ’60s stemming from insufficient food grains.

In the 1970s, India’s agricultural sector entered the Green Revolution spawned by Norman Borlaug’s improved, gene-edited crop varieties. With the economic liberalization of the 1990s, the country further opened doors for its agricultural sector to flourish so that today it is one of the world’s top producers.

Also important to note is that this remarkable success in food production would not have been possible without an environment favorable to crops. What the media call a curse — increased levels of carbon dioxide and greater warmth — has been a blessing to farmers and consumers.

Yields of food crops — in India and worldwide — have benefited from the fertilization effect of carbon dioxide and the longer growing seasons resulting from natural increases in temperature. Overall, agriculture certainly has not been hurt by weather; otherwise, such record harvests likely would have been impossible.

India’s experience, for example, has allayed fears about the region not receiving enough rainfall due to climate change.

Data of rainfall for the last 100 years reveal that there has been no declining trend in the monsoon, with the rainfall pattern largely being typically unpredictable except for few short periods of consistency.

Cold weather — what climate doomsayers seem desperate to have — is the bane of crops.

In 2021, 80-90 percent of vineyards and orchards in parts of France died during a cold wave that a government official called the “greatest agricultural disaster” in recent memory. Likewise, in Brazil and Paraguay, cold waves in June and July reduced crop yields in many regions. Citrus fruits, sugarcane and coffee were most affected.

Today’s global average temperature contrasts favorably to that of the 17th century’s Little Ice Age, when cold temperatures caused widespread death of plants and people. The gradual increase in warmth since the 18th century has ensured improved environmental conditions for flora.

So media stories of a warming climate endangering global food security are absurd. Real-world data reveal that the modern climate has been a boon to crops.

There is no climate emergency. Earth and its people are in fact flourishing in a time of relative warmth and plenty.

Vijay Jayaraj is a contributing writer to the CO2 Coalition and holds a master’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia, England. He resides in Bengaluru, India.

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fretslider
October 2, 2021 6:08 am

Vijay Jayaraj is a contributing writer to the CO2 Coalition and holds a master’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia”

I bet the University of Easy Access really hates him now

Leo Smith
Reply to  fretslider
October 2, 2021 6:42 am

But they cant touch him, can they?

fretslider
Reply to  Leo Smith
October 2, 2021 6:50 am

The tentacles are everywhere. But India isn’t exactly leading the charge.

Joao Martins
Reply to  fretslider
October 2, 2021 7:42 am

Can they “un-grant” him his master’s degree?

Scissor
Reply to  Joao Martins
October 2, 2021 12:14 pm

It’s somewhat surprising that the word “master” is still allowed to exist.

LdB
October 2, 2021 6:24 am

Australia will also have record agricultural production both in value and for most crops except wheat which will be second largest harvest.

SxyxS
Reply to  LdB
October 2, 2021 8:28 am

All things relevant for humanity (and even wild animals )are getting better ,be it crop yields or a greener planet(as result of co2 and (probably,if you believe in AGW)more rain as result of increased evaporation )
and all the predicted catastropies since the start of globalised marxist eco propaganda Earth Day(which appeared shortly after the global cooling scare and was result of the club of rome)never happened.
For a simple reason:They were fearporntools and not science.

Since the start of Earth Day(hippie indoctrination program ):

Ice Age fear porn era.
Civilization will end in 15-30 years. (George Wald 1970,nobel laureat)

Air Pollution will kill 200.000 Americans in 1973 (Paul Ehrlich professional fearporn parasite and genocidal eco fascist)

Scientists have solid and experimental evidence(sounds familiar?) that
Air Pollution will reduce sunlight reaching earth by half till 1985.(Life magazine jan. 1970)

By the year 2000 all of the planet except North America and europe will be in famine.(Prof Peter Gunter 1970)

It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.
1970 Denis Hayes from Earth Day.

In the 1980ies 4 Billion people will die off.
(Paul Ehrlich 1970)

During the next 10 years 100-200 mio people will die per year
(Paul Ehrlich 1970)

Soon no sunlight will reach earth surface as result of built up of Nitrogen in our Atmosphere
(Ken Watt)

By 1980 US life expectancy will dropto 42 years.
(former ice age promoter now agw zealot Paul Ehrlich – who else)

There will be no more crude oil by the year 2000.
( ken watt)

Within the next 30 years 90 % of all rain forests will be gone.
( Paul Ehrlich)

The world will be by 4 degrees colde rfor the global mean temperature in 1990.
(Ken Watt 1972)

“We need to melt the arctic ice to save us from the ice age”
49 scientist dec 3rd 1972 in a letter to Nixon.

Editor
Reply to  SxyxS
October 3, 2021 4:35 am

What a bunch of maroons.

What is truly amazing is that Ehrlich still has followers/acolytes. To fail that often and still be able to fool people is an indication of the power fearporn has.

Alan M
Reply to  Keitho
October 3, 2021 6:29 am

Sorry but can’t resist
“What a bunch of maroons.”

As in the Qld Rugby team ?

Jim
Reply to  Alan M
October 3, 2021 1:00 pm

As in Bugs Bunny

Scissor
Reply to  LdB
October 2, 2021 12:16 pm

U.S. corn and soybean production and yields are also beating expectations:

https://www.agriculture.com/news/crops/us-corn-soybean-yield-acreage-estimates-rise-usda-reports

Mike
Reply to  LdB
October 3, 2021 4:49 am

The damned mouse plague is gobbling up all the wheat. Bugger!

Tim Gorman
October 2, 2021 6:25 am

*Global* crop production remains at record highs. There *are* regions each year that have problems but these are also always offset by regions that have bumper crops. This is indicative of WEATHER, not climate! Especially not global climate!

Crop failure is just one more prediction of the climate alarmists that has failed, along with the Artic ice disappearing, polar bears going extinct, and NYC being underwater by now. The climate alarmists can wail all they want and continue to predict the end of the world but the people of the Earth *are* beginning to look at them as they look at the unkempt prophet on the corner with the placard that reads “The World Ends Tomorrow!”.

Joao Martins
Reply to  Tim Gorman
October 2, 2021 7:55 am

Yes, Tim. But this progress in ensuring subsistence does not result only from nature, be it through temperature or CO2 rising. A great deal is the outcome of human ingenuity!

Human inventiveness, the capacity to take advantage of the knowledge of the forces of nature in the limits of the human interaction and capabilities, is a factor of change. Of progress. It creates more living conditions where and when it seems impossible.

But this capacity cannot be extrapolated outside the limits where humans can interfere, as the climatists seem to believe: humans can control a crop, several acres of that crop, even millions of acres; but they do it with different techniques and inputs each year and in every different place or farm, because the weather of a given month is not the same each year. Jumping from this to controlling the climate is ludicrous…

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Joao Martins
October 2, 2021 11:43 am

Yes, human ingenuity:

“… the Green Revolution spawned by Norman Borlaug’s improved, gene-edited crop varieties.”

(And, OMG, India is growing genetically-modified food!!!)

Joao Martins
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
October 2, 2021 1:09 pm

YES!

Borlaug is the best example, but there are more! And also in animal husbandry!

“Genetic modified” all ALL living beings! That is the basis for evolution! That reminds me of Leslie White’s sentence: “Man is the only animal able to distinguish between distilled water and holy water“.

Bob Hunter
Reply to  Tim Gorman
October 2, 2021 11:52 am

Most readers on this website understand weather is variable. Alarmists exploit the uninformed highlighting each yr, somewhere in this vast planet an example supporting their narrative and ignoring all examples that don’t support their narrative. And helped by a MSM that loves the extremist headline

This yr the focus will be on the Western North America drought and ignoring what is happening in continental Europe or Asia

Dave Fair
Reply to  Bob Hunter
October 3, 2021 10:09 am

God forbid they should mention the ENSO cycle in relation to droughts, floods & etc. in particular locations. You know, sciency stuff?

Steve Case
October 2, 2021 6:29 am

“Yields of food crops — in India and worldwide — have benefited from the fertilization effect of carbon dioxide …”

CO2 is way more than mere fertilizer. It is a necessary component of primary photosynthetic production. It has to be there and more is better.

“So media stories of a warming climate endangering global food security are absurd.”

And as such it fits the definition of the big lie.  “….a lie so colossal that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

Scissor
Reply to  Steve Case
October 2, 2021 12:21 pm

That’s a fact worthy of acknowledgment, but they won’t and it just goes to show that they are fundamentally unserious.

Doonman
Reply to  Steve Case
October 2, 2021 2:23 pm

It’s not only that more CO2 is better for C3 crops, it’s also that C3 plants have already evolved to use more atmospheric CO2 than exists presently.

That means that more atmospheric CO2 is a good thing to prevent world starvation.

Now, ask your local politician why their favorite climate policy also sides with promoting world starvation. It’s a question they need to be asked instead of giving them a pass.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Steve Case
October 3, 2021 10:22 am

The bodies of the UN IPCC CliSciFi reports merely spin and distort cherry-picked data and studies by their hand-picked “authors,” their SPMs being saved for the outright lies by politicians. It takes the real talent of professional liars (you know who they are) and a compliant/complicit media to convert sparse data, urban heat island (UHI) effects and negligible nighttime and winter warming into global CAGW.

richard
October 2, 2021 6:35 am

There have been bumper harvests in the US and Australia this year. Agriculture is a proxy for weather and will always be here to mock the eco loons. Agriculture yields are up- https://ourworldindata.org/yields-and-land-use-in-agriculture#yields-since-1960.

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Dave Fair
Reply to  richard
October 3, 2021 10:30 am

Agricultural yields are also a proxy for socialized central planning. You know, the kinds of yields associated with Soviet Five-Year Plans. Western political leaders want to take us back to those heady days of yore, since they worked so well for the likes of the old Soviet Union, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and pre-mercantilism China.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Dave Fair
October 3, 2021 10:45 am

Every time I think I have convinced myself that the global elites are Marxists a closer look puts the lie to that worldview. Marxism is, at its base, a egalitarian philosophy with everyone enjoying equal economic, societal, and political power. But that isn’t what the global elites are building – they are trying to build a world of nobles and serfs – a feudal philosophy. For that is what the old Soviet Union was, rule by the elites with serfs to meet their needs. Same for Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, and today’s China.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
October 2, 2021 6:42 am

The CAGW clowns lost me when they started out by claiming warming was a disaster. But I am a gardener and studied paleoclimates in grad school. I always knew they were evil liars out for some hidden agenda. When Gore jumped on the bandwagon it should have been obvious to everyone it was a huge scam. He was in it to get richer and has succeeded beyond even his wildest dreams.

I am so happy to see India have bumper harvests, this is such good news and I hope it continues for decades to come.

John K. Sutherland
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
October 2, 2021 7:11 am

Pamela, they will now be able to afford the energy so many of them need.

Rusty
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
October 2, 2021 1:23 pm

Who would ever think a slightly longer growing season due to warmth was a bad thing?

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Rusty
October 2, 2021 2:48 pm

Right! How can that be a bad thing? Or bigger harvests?

Dave Fair
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
October 3, 2021 10:34 am

If it contradicts the socialist ideological narrative it is bad. Even if it, as has happened in the past, results in the death of millions of real people in real time. It is the grand socialist future we should all be marching toward in lock-step.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Dave Fair
October 3, 2021 10:37 am

They are all nutters!

Vuk
October 2, 2021 7:01 am

Forthcoming European energy crisis this winter may finally bring to back to sanity some of the less hard core eco-lunatics.
India wants to catch up with China, plentiful food would enable it to spend more money on infrastructure and modern industry. World needs prosperous democratic India to some extent counterbalance totalitarian China who already is starting to openly menace the Taiwan, which if we are honest can not depend itself without major support from USA which is no guaranteed by any means.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Vuk
October 2, 2021 1:01 pm

“which if we are honest can not defend itself without major support from USA which is no guaranteed by any means.”

See what you did, Joe? Allies have lost faith in the United States because of your stupid actions. Can you blame them for losing faith? I can’t.

Let’s just hope our allies realize it is just one idiot and one political party that is unfaithful. When the other poltical party is in power, you can depend on them, but only for four or eight years, and then those idiot Democrats get back in and screw things all up. Maybe, this next time, we can break this cycle, seeing as how the Democrats have screwed things up so badly that noone would want them back in office.

I see where recent polls say Republicans are in line to take control of the U.S. Senate after the next election in Nov. 2022. Control of the U.S. House will almost certainly go to the Republicans in 2022.

If the Republicans get enough people elected and have both Houses, then they can override Biden in everything he does. They can force him to do things, and they can keep him from doing things, if they have the numbers.

Here comes the backlash.

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October 2, 2021 7:05 am

The green blob is so much into the Malthus/Ehrlich model they ignore that several essential premises are not occurring.
Food production is fairly consistently up, and populations in most places are not increasing. Indeed, the baby bust and obesity are the real problems.

ghalfrunt
October 2, 2021 7:53 am

So the non existent climate change is improving yields. Surely something wrong here?

Editor
Reply to  ghalfrunt
October 2, 2021 8:02 am

You haven’t kept up with the news of impending doom of declining harvests from the tricky media these days.

fretslider
Reply to  ghalfrunt
October 2, 2021 8:12 am

“ non existent climate change”

The climate is always changing

Meab
Reply to  ghalfrunt
October 2, 2021 8:45 am

Ghoulfront, the CO2 concentration, a minor component of the atmosphere, has increased. CO2 is plant food. The slight warming has lengthened the growing season by about 4 days. Land that was marginal to grow certain crops has moved northward by a TINY 50 miles, but there is far more land area to the north. All good.

Name an actual crisis connected to the slight change in the climate. No actual increase in weird weather, polar bears are doing fine. Coral is healthy. No mass extinctions. Elephants haven’t grown huge ears. The only thing that has increased dramatically is lying about a fake climate crisis.

Bill Toland
Reply to  ghalfrunt
October 2, 2021 8:47 am

I am confused, ghalfrunt. Are you claiming that the world has not warmed or that carbon dioxide levels have not increased? If you are, you are in a minority of one.

John Leggett
Reply to  Bill Toland
October 2, 2021 10:55 am

The climate has been warming ever since the end of the Little Ice Age ~ 170 years ago. This was well before any increase in CO2. For optimal growth Plants need about 1000 parts per million we have increased the CO2 in the atmosphere from near the level that would kill of most plant life to a more safe level. There are some that are worried and a warming climate in the middle of a Ice Age. That has been going on for the last 2.5 million years. I call these people lemming.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  ghalfrunt
October 2, 2021 11:16 am

Nobody denies there is more live giving plant food in the atmosphere. You appear foolish.

RecognizingTruth
Reply to  ghalfrunt
October 2, 2021 12:26 pm

No.
Your statement is not inline with the article’s content and main salient points.

The climate changes. The climate is changing. BUT the changes have been and continue to be gradual, not the doom of flora and fauna as predicted, not a “catastrophe”, and are in fact of genuine benefit in agricultural and farming – which translates into prosperity and improved quality of life especially in “developing nations”. Coupled with better crop varieties (hybridized) and improved farming and technology practices, areas formerly known for their periodic severe famines are producing more than ever before, more than enough, and enough to be producer/exporters of various crops.

Mr and Mrs David Hume
October 2, 2021 7:55 am

He is not right about the rate of warming in India. The 100 year rate over the last 120 years has been less than 1 degree C.

AntonyIndia
October 2, 2021 7:58 am

Sugar (cane) production same: https://www.thehindu.com/business/ethanol-production-absorbed-2-mt-of-sugar/article36784565.ece
President of the association Niraj Shirgaokar said India is now a net surplus sugar producer. Exports and higher ethanol production would make the industry sustainable, he added.”

One should add that governmental subsidy for sugar makes farmers grow it; one negative side effect is that therefore some farmers in less rainy areas still grow it but than with deep bore well pumping on “free” agricultural electricity – which explains 3/4 of India’s regular power cuts. Better cut subsidy to only rain fed regions.

JBnID
October 2, 2021 8:16 am

Let’s not forget India is building tractors, cultivators and harvest equipment suitable for their economy. One tractor puts half a dozen oxen and five drivers out of work. Of course production goes up.

Jim Whelan
October 2, 2021 8:19 am

Not long ago the alarmist view of increased crops was that higher levels of CO2 might increase crop production but those crops were so nutrition poor as to be worthless. What happened to that narrative? Maybe it will re-appear when the media can’t ignore the increases.

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Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Jim Whelan
October 2, 2021 11:14 am

It was yet another warmist lie.

gringojay
Reply to  Jim Whelan
October 2, 2021 1:23 pm

Nothing has changed regarding the relative decrease in plant protein under elevated CO2 (eCO2). This is not to say eCo2 crops’ nutrition is “worthless”.

Rubisco (RuBP) has more affinity for CO2 (carbon dioxide) than for O2 (oxygen) and yet both can act with RuBP. Using CO2 generates 2 (two) 3 carbon molecules (“3PGA”, where the A stands for acid); while using O2 generates 1 (one) 2 carbon molecule (“2PG”).

Unlike CO2 generated 3PGA molecule, the O2 generated 2PG molecule does not act as a carbon building block (plant mass); but 2PG acts as a metabolite. Photo-respiration (the consequential binding of O2, instead of CO2, to RuBP) recycles most of the 2PG carbon ( equivalent to 1.5 carbon out of every 2 carbon being sent into the Calvin-Benson-Bassham cycle, making for a relative loss of 1/2 carbon per 2PG when RuBP binds to an O2 instead of a CO2).

Yet it is the binding of O2 to RuBP rather than that RuBP binding to CO2 that accounts for plant protein (amino acid) synthesis. RuBP is put into orientation to work by binding to several ions; chief among them is magnesium (Mg) & manganese (Mn).

Photo-respiration (RuBP using O2) is the oxidation of RuBP via Mn2+ (manganese) binding & light photon (“photo-“) activation of that Mn2+ into an excited state. This promotes the formation of a molecule (malate) & that malate being sent out of that chloroplast.

It is that molecule in the leaf cell cytoplasm fostering a reactant (NADH) which provides the impetus for inside the plant NO3- nitrate nitrogen being made inside the plant into NO2- nitrite nitrogen. This is relevant because nitrogen inside the plant must be in the NO2- nitrate nitrogen form in order to make the NH3 ammonia nitrogen that can subsequently be processed by the plant into amino acids (protein).

In short: it is not CO2 that fosters protein synthesis, but rather O2 via photo-respiration. For example the O2 engendered 2PG’s glycolate portion once inside a cell’s peroxisome becomes glycine, which gets sent out to a cell mitochondria that makes some of that glycine into NH3 ammonia. Chloroplasts take up that mitochondrial exported NH3 ammonia nitrogen to make the amino acid glutamate.

Experiments have shown that in roots eCO2 does promote greater NO3- nitrate nitrogen assimilation, although this is not the case for leaf NO3- nitrate assimilation under eCO2. In leaves the situation is that relevant levels decrease of the NO3- nitrate nitrogen processing enzyme (nitrate reduct-ase) under eCO2; thereby creating in the aerial plant parts (shoots & leaves) some degree of lower NO3- nitrate nitrogen assimilation.

However, it should be understood that naturally a plant’s root NO3- nitrate nitrogen assimilation does provide some amino acids that get sent upward to aerial parts. And (as per above paragraph lead sentence) the root derived amino acids being incorporated into shoot protein is relatively greater in eCO2.

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Dave Fair
Reply to  gringojay
October 3, 2021 10:45 am

Meaning exactly what, for us plant eaters? With extra plant growth from eCO2, will we get fat or starve? Or does it mean absolutely nothing to real people? Give us the “plain language” abstract.

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gringojay
Reply to  Dave Fair
October 4, 2021 11:55 am

It means eCO2 does impact plant nutritional composition & in some parameters (ex: protein) the nutritional content decreases. Many say that is a factor of “dilution” of nutritional content per consumable plant unit that is offset by the increased units of plant matter eCO2 promotes.

We in the developed world are assumed to have the where-with-all to increase the consumption of those units of plants required in order to get a desired level of any nutritional content which eCO2 reduces per unit of plants. This is lineally logical, but does not take into consideration the reality that not all of humanity has the where-with-all to consistently consume more food.

Thus, I think it is a superficial assertion that the reported eCO2 boost of plant productivity is proof that eCO2 is absolutely in all context unassailably beneficial. Look at regions where wheat is a currently an expensive dietary mainstay & figure that wheat contributes significantly to the populace’s protein intake. If their wheat had been grown under eCO2 they would be getting reduced protein in an already marginal protein regimen.

So, yes : it means absolutely something to real people. My original comment described in some detail how one aspect of how plants function in order to explain plant growth is not just all about plant mass because often WUWT original posts lack context.

Will eCO2 grown plants lead to getting fat? A lot of eCO2 plant growth generates plants with higher carbohydrate content & of course attempting to eat more in order to get target nutritional components will mean increased dietary carbohydrate consumption; some theories premise carbohydrate intake as fat promoting.

Dave Fair
Reply to  gringojay
October 4, 2021 1:36 pm

Quantify nutrient degradation, gringo, quantify. Anyway, peoples throughout the world will be far richer in the future, baring ideological destruction of economies.

gringojay
Reply to  Dave Fair
October 4, 2021 4:14 pm

Historically there have always been people experiencing food scarcity. WUWT is not an economic forum & I shall pass on why even today some people are confronting food insecurity.

As for nutrient reductions in food grown under eCO2 I think you can readily find quantification of those parameters. If you have trouble searching for anything at all try investigating specific nutritional components like protein and/or trace mineral zinc in plants grown under elevated CO2.

Dave Fair
Reply to  gringojay
October 4, 2021 5:20 pm

Current “food scarcity” is caused by ideology and warfare.

Economic issues are a mainstay of WUWT, gringo. What do you think will be the result of the destruction of Western energy systems? Winter is coming.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  gringojay
October 4, 2021 6:42 pm

If you have trouble searching for anything at all try investigating specific nutritional components like protein and/or trace mineral zinc in plants grown under elevated CO2.”

And this is why greenhouses pump in CO2? To lower the nutritional value of what they grow?

gringojay
Reply to  Tim Gorman
October 4, 2021 7:56 pm

Hi Tim, – the greenhouse paradigm is a completely different aspect. If you continue reading WUWT then I think the subject will come up again & you will see me commenting on that subject.

Ted
Reply to  Dave Fair
October 4, 2021 1:41 pm

The bottom line is that the increase in production is tempered by a small decrease in nutrition density. It varies by crop, but for example there might be a 5% decrease in the nutrients in each bushel with a 10% increase in the number of bushels, but you’ll end up with more total nutrients available.

gringojay
Reply to  Ted
October 4, 2021 4:32 pm

Hi Ted, – Your premise is the offset of yields compensates for the eCO2 grown plants’ decreased nutrient density. I can do basic mathematic calculations & am able to follow that rationalization.

The premise is logical & my only issue is that it is not an absolute solution for everyone. At present I see news reports that the price of food is rising & that does seem to indicate eating just the same amount, let alone more to get their historical nutrient food density, will be more expensive.

In other words, right now if everyone had to eat more just to get the same baseline level of nutrients then those already barely meeting their nutritional requirements would be worse off. Original Post told us harvests are up, WUWT polling suggests rising eCO2 in real time is a productivity factor & thus even more eCO2 presages even greater harvests to come – but, I contend, lacks human context.

Dave Fair
Reply to  gringojay
October 4, 2021 5:24 pm

The price of food is rising because of politics, not climate change nor a scarcity of foodstuffs. Wreck your supply systems and you get shortages and price increases.

gringojay
Reply to  Dave Fair
October 4, 2021 8:00 pm

Hi Dave, – I think food reality is more complex than you reduce it to. For what it’s worth I don’t have a dog in the fight of climate or CO2 levels.

gringojay
Reply to  gringojay
October 4, 2021 5:32 pm

I checked Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures (“ZW”) & notice that today the price went up 1.25% from last close; as of 04 October 2021 the wheat price is U$756.5. (For example just a few years ago on 04 Oct. 2018 the same quantity of wheat traded for U$ 515.25 & even lower on 04 Oct. 2019 at U$490.50; last year 05 Oct 2020 price was U$592.75.)

To me this demonstrates poor people buying wheat have to find more money to buy the same amount of wheat. And if the wheat being marketed these days had been grown at experimentally high levels of eCO2 then the poor would be faced with a real challenge getting “x” amount of protein out of their wheat intake.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  gringojay
October 4, 2021 6:44 pm

They are worse off not because of the food they eat but because of the political policies creating the inflation that makes the food cost more!

The answer is not to lower CO2 but to effect changes in political policies!

gringojay
Reply to  Tim Gorman
October 4, 2021 8:01 pm

Too reductionist in my opinion.

Sara
October 2, 2021 8:55 am

Happy to find another instance of real world, real time ag production results that completely confounds what the Greenbeaners insist is happening.

I really do believe that those sad prognosticators need their own planet, preferably one that really is declining. Then their view of disintegration of everything will come true, and the rest of us can get on with our lives.

I’m fixing a very large pot of beefy/veggie/mushroom/noodle soup today, awash in really good soy sauce. I’d like to remind everyone that soy sauce is one of the products derived from the soybean crops and a major source of flavor in a lot of dishes. Without farmers planting soybeans for the food producers, this soup would be blander than plain rice. (Do you “get” where I”m going with this?)

I am very happy for the hardworking farmers in India and everywhere else. Let’s remember that they put the food on our tables. The ecohippies and other blithering dingalings would go quite hungry and cold without the efforts of farmers and fishing ship owners and livestock people everywhere.

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BallBounces
October 2, 2021 9:05 am

Cf. https://everythingclimate.org/climate-change-and-crop-production/

Should “Everything Climate” be called “Everything Climate: The Pros and Cons”. Pros and Cons is what comes to mind when I think of it.

Dave Fair
Reply to  BallBounces
October 3, 2021 10:47 am

Me? Mostly cons.

JulianusRex
October 2, 2021 9:20 am

Climate change is caused by variations in the amount of energy put out by the sun. This is why we’ve had ice ages. Anyone who believes otherwise has been brainwashed or has an agenda.

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Dave Fair
Reply to  JulianusRex
October 3, 2021 10:54 am

No, JR. The Earth’s climate has internal modes of change not dependent on changes in energy directly received at TOA from the Sun. Ice ages are not the only sign of climate change on the various climate regions of Earth. A green Sahara during the Holocene is simply one example.

BCBill
October 2, 2021 9:21 am

This is the second time this has been placed on WUWT and it still contains the silly comment about Norman Borlaug and gene editing. As I pointed out last time, for most of Norman Borlaug’s career we didn’t know how genes functioned let alone how to edit them. The Green Revolution was a product of classical plant breeding and great strides in fertility and pest management. CRISPR technology hasn’t come anywhere close to matching the achievements of the Green Revolution.

M Courtney
Reply to  BCBill
October 2, 2021 12:46 pm

You are technically right,
The best kind of right,

2hotel9
October 2, 2021 9:34 am

Feed more people? That is the last thing greentards want to do. Driving up energy costs, fertilizer costs, seed costs, using food crops to make piss poor ethanol fuel, driving up taxes and shutting down family owned non-corporate farms. All of these are what the “green movement” are doing to agricultural production. In spite of all this ag output keeps rising. Time to starve the leftists, refuse to sell them anything, make them raise their own food in their crime-infested shytehole cities. Every politician voting for this crap? Starve them and their families. All leftists are the enemy, treat them as such before it is too late.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  2hotel9
October 2, 2021 11:14 am

Watermelon logic.

2hotel9
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
October 3, 2021 5:03 am

I have seen watermelon logic in the real world, ends up shriveled and rotting on the ground to be disced under at season end.

Anthony Banton
October 2, 2021 10:28 am

“Data of rainfall for the last 100 years reveal that there has been no declining trend in the monsoon, with the rainfall pattern largely being typically unpredictable except for few short periods of consistency.”

That’s OK then – as there is not projected to be any “declining”. ….

https://esd.copernicus.org/articles/12/367/2021/

BTW: the past is NOT what the IPCC is projecting !!

“All-time record crop production in India belies the doomsday narrative of climate alarmists. ”

So this “All time record” has nothing to do with better practises and initiatives?
Or beneficial weather (as the IPCC is projecting for the future).

https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2018/03/SREX-Chap3_FINAL-1.pdf

“For the Indian
region, the Hadley Centre coupled model HadCM3 projects increases in
the magnitude of the heaviest rainfall with a doubling of atmospheric
CO2 concentration (Turner and Slingo, 2009). ”

“For the Indian monsoon, Rajeevan et al. (2008) showed that extreme
rain events have an increasing trend between 1901 and 2005, but the
trend is much stronger after 1950. Sen Roy (2009) investigated changes
in extreme hourly rainfall in India, and found widespread increases in
heavy precipitation events across India, mostly in the high-elevation
regions of the northwestern Himalaya as well as along the foothills of the
Himalaya extending south into the Indo-Ganges basin, and particularly
during the summer monsoon season during 1980-2002.”

“Today’s global average temperature contrasts favorably to that of the 17th century’s Little Ice Age, when cold temperatures caused widespread death of plants and people. ”

And that to is OK – as the IPCC says nothing about rising temps in India impacting agriculture.

But this paper does ….
(authored by Rohitashw Kumar, Division of Agricultural Engineering, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar (J&K) -190025, India
And Harender Raj Gautam Department of Plant Pathology and Mycology, Dr. Y.S. P University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan (HP) -173230, India

https://www.longdom.org/open-access/climate-change-and-its-impact-on-agricultural-productivity-in-india-2332-2594.1000109.pdf

“Rainfall in India has a direct relationship with the monsoons which
originate from the Indian and Arabian Seas. A warmer climate will
accelerate the hydrologic cycle, altering rainfall, magnitude and timing
of run-off. Warm air holds more moisture and it will result in an
increase in evaporation of surface moisture. Climate change has a
direct impact on crop evapotranspiration (ET). In arid regions of
Rajasthan state an increase of 14.8 per cent in total ET demand has
been projected with increase in temperature [10]. The study further
indicates that even a marginal increase in ET demand due to global
warming would have a larger impact on the fragile water resources of
arid zone ecosystem of Rajasthan [10]. Therefore, change in climate
will affect the soil moisture, groundwater recharge, and frequency of
flood or drought, and finally groundwater level in different areas
[11-13]. Effect of climate change will affect water cycle [14]. In
addition, rise in sea level will increase the risk of permanent or
seasonal saline intrusion into ground water and rivers which will have
an impact on quality of water and its potential use of domestic,
agricultural and industrial uses. Climate change will have number of
effects on agriculture”

AndyHce
Reply to  Anthony Banton
October 2, 2021 11:58 am

Did someone forget that increasing CO2 results in decreasing evapotranspiration?

Last edited 23 days ago by AndyHce
Richard Page
Reply to  Anthony Banton
October 2, 2021 2:36 pm

Most of the quotes you have mined state that such and such WILL happen; OK – then tell me WHEN it will happen. Give me an exact timeframe for these exact predictions to happen and we’ll then see if they are correct.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Anthony Banton
October 3, 2021 11:09 am

1) “HadCM3 projects” A UN IPCC CliSciFi model says …..

2) “… during the summer monsoon season during 1980-2002.” A 23-year period during the upswing portion of an approximately 70-year cycle tells us …?

3) A typical CliSciFi “study” that regurgitates the standard handwaving B.S. of disaster, without providing the underlying scientific support for the claims.

Leethal
October 2, 2021 11:16 am

So they LIED to us just like they are lying to us about a “virus”. They like lying to you plebes. it’s a game to them. A deadly game like Hunger Games.

RecognizingTruth
October 2, 2021 12:37 pm

Point of contention with the article: Borlaug’s (and others) crop varietal improvements of the 70s and even much later was HYBRIDIZATION, intentionally taking advantage of natural abilities of plants to cross-breed in order to produce better varieties.

While the process of cross-breeding produces varieties that are genetically unique (combining traits and features of the varieties in its parentage, and losing traits that are undesirabled) it is an intentional manipulation using natural processes – it has NOTHING to do with a technology that was unavailable: gene-editing.

M Courtney
October 2, 2021 12:49 pm

India has outperformed the previous year’s crop production by an incredible 3.7 percent — 308 million tons for 2020-21 compared to a previous 297 million tons.

It’s worth pointing out that last year one of the key inputs to agriculture – labour – was severely disrupted by a pandemic and the response to it.

So, the other negative factors must be smaller than thought for the beneficial trend to continue.

Rusty
October 2, 2021 1:21 pm

Yet Boris Johnson claimed this week that some crops were failing. They really are a sort of modern day luddite in that they ignore the fact that human beings have technology and can improve crop yields using that tech.

More food is being produced on less land than ever.

I saw some numpty on the BBC news worrying that we were living in a +1.1°C world and that it was terrifying if that hit 1.5°C above that of the little ice age.

There are no words really.

jtom
October 2, 2021 1:44 pm

That increased warmth was a danger to plant life on Earth has always been indefensible. There is no place on Earth where the climate is too hot for vegetation. Too dry, yes, but too hot, no.

Otoh, there are huge areas where it is too cold for vegetation, regardless of the availability of other needed nutrients. A warmer world very predictably will bring forth more vegetation, and an increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide would add still more.

Last edited 23 days ago by jtom
Bob boder
Reply to  jtom
October 3, 2021 4:37 am

Huge tracks of land would benefit from a warmer world, just look at a map of Russia and Canada.

Richard Page
Reply to  Bob boder
October 3, 2021 3:03 pm

Tracts not tracks.

Bill Taylor
October 2, 2021 1:52 pm

come on man, since co2 is plant FOOD plants are growing much better how is this possible? co2 was supposed to kill us all according to the little girl from Scandinavia

Doonman
Reply to  Bill Taylor
October 2, 2021 2:40 pm

The little autistic girl from Scandinavia also claims she can see CO2 in the air. Why anyone listens to that garbage without hysterically laughing her off her TV platform permanently is astonishing to me.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Doonman
October 3, 2021 11:15 am

One of her puppeteers, her mother, said that dear Greta said that. Who the fuc# knows?

October 2, 2021 2:29 pm

Well said Vijay!

Joel
October 2, 2021 5:18 pm

. . . Norman Borlaug’s improved, gene-edited crop varieties. 

Who thinks up this nonsense? He developed new plant varieties by breeding, not by gene editing.

Read about him here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Borlaug

Note that after smashing successes in Mexico and the Indian Subcontinent in raising food production, when he tried to do the same for sub-Sahara Africa, he was stopped by US environmentalists, who got his funding cut off. A Japanese businessman stepped up and got things financed.

Some things don’t change.

Skeptic JR
October 3, 2021 6:03 am

I’m in the American south, and just a small backyard gardener, but we had so much rain this spring my little herb garden went crazy. I have harvested and dried and put up about ten jars of herbs already, enough for probably two years (if they stay good) and its still going. Locally the corn and soybean harvests are reportedly going very well, above average. There was hurricane damage in some areas but it was confined to a small area.

Tony
October 3, 2021 10:34 pm

The article assumes the world follows Indian harvest figures with great interest: Here’s some news-it doesn’t.

The record Indian harvest, at least partially, is because it is using up aquifers faster than they are being recharged by rain- i.e., they are depleting a fixed resource. And when the aquifies are all dried up?

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