Wheat myth debunked

The pervasive myth that intensive breeding has made modern wheat cultivars weaker and more dependent on pesticides and fertilisers is debunked by a major new study University of Queensland The myth that modern wheat varieties are more heavily reliant on pesticides and fertilisers is debunked by new research published in Nature Plants today. Lead author…

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European wheat lacks climate resilience

From EurekAlert! Public Release: 26-Dec-2018 European wheat lacks climate resilience European farmers need to take a new course with regard to ensuring climate-resilience of important crops such as wheat Aarhus University The climate is not only warming, it is also becoming more variable and extreme. Such unpredictable weather can weaken global food security if major…

Millions may face protein deficiency as a result of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions

From Eurekalert Public Release: 2-Aug-2017 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Key Takeaways: Human-caused carbon dioxide emissions lower the nutritional value of staple crops, increasing the risk for dietary deficiencies among the world’s most vulnerable people. This study provides further evidence for the need to curb human-caused CO2 emissions. Boston, MA – If CO2…

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…

Wild about grains and global warming

This makes me wonder, since most of the world’s food supply is from cultivated grains, as opposed to wild ones, and since yields have been increasing thanks to selective breeding programs, fertilizer use, and better farming practices, where’s the problem? From the University of Haifa, Wild cereals threatened by global warming: Wheats and barleys are…

The newest green slogan

No Food for Oil! The new green biofuels slogan. A friend of mine, Lon Glazner, runs a blog about things in my hometown. We joke around a lot, the image above was the product of today’s humor. But he needs some help, so please just click the t-shirt above and give him a hit so that…