Climate change is creating toxic crops and poisoning some of world’s poorest people, scientists warn

It’s always worse than we thought. This article from the The UK Independent paints a stark gloomy picture of food crops adapting to Climate Change about one step below the Day of the Triffids. Popular food crops including maize and beans respond to extreme conditions by releasing dangerous chemicals Climate change threatens to poison the…

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Do Increasing Temperatures Lower Crop Yields?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I keep reading these claims that we’re all going to starve because of global warming. People say it’s going to be the death of agriculture, that increasing temperatures will cause significant drops in crop yields. Here’s a typical bit of alarmism (emphasis mine): A study by the International Food Policy…

Let there be corn! Reality check on the 2012 drought and corn yields in relation to droughts of the past

There’s a lot of hype out there regarding the drought and its potential effects on crops. Predictions range from increased food prices to dustbowlification”, a term coined by “Joe Romm. A complicit media follows. Tom Nelson points out some interesting facts: Drought to cost $12B, most since 1988 – USATODAY.com The Kiwis think otherwise though,…

Congress ends corn ethanol subsidy

Interesting timing, especially when some biomass companies are switching from wood chips to corn, because they couldn’t turn a profit on wood chips. Looks like all the wheels are coming off the bus now. To Survive, Some Biofuels Companies Give Up on Biofuels – Technology Review Gevo, a prominent advanced-biofuels company that has received millions…