A farmer in Malawi checks her maize crop that is struggling as a result of the worst drought in three decades. CREDIT Neil Palmer (CIAT)

Claim: Crop breeding is not keeping pace with climate change

From the UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS, where I’m not sure they have seen this graph: Now, if only Africa could solve its political problems, get reliable energy, and reliable roads for transport…and they’d have the kind of success we enjoy in the United States. UPDATE: Fred Berple notes in comments: Maize production: Malawi – 1961 815000 tons…

French vineyards like the one in the photograph are experiencing earlier harvests in recent years as the region's climate has warmed.
Credits: Elizabeth Wolkovich/Harvard University

Climate change is improving French wine quality

NASA study finds climate change shifting wine grape harvests in France and Switzerland- higher-quality wines are typically associated with earlier harvest dates From NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER A new study from NASA and Harvard University finds that climate change is diminishing an important link between droughts and the timing of wine grape harvests in France and…

Different potato varieties. – The potato is the vegetable of choice in the United States. On average, Americans devour about 65 kg of them per year. New potato releases by ARS scientists give us even more choices of potatoes to eat.

NASA testing whether Potatoes can Grow on Mars

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The humble potato is apparently so adaptable to different climatic conditions, NASA scientists are conducting serious tests, to see if the hardiest varieties could grow on the planet Mars. My question – what does this radical adaptability say about climatic food resilience, back here on Earth? Echoing Ridley Scott’s The…

"Starr 070730-7911 Lactuca sativa" by Forest & Kim Starr. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons -

In your salad soon – climate specific franken-lettuce?

From the “science moves faster than climate change department” and the American Society for Horticultural Science comes this leafy nightmare sure to make greens go into a tizzy, because according to Stanford’s Paul Ehrlich, we are all supposed to be starving by now and dead soon from climate change and other things, requiring necrotism aka Soylent…