by ltremblay on November 10, 2015 - 8:03pm
In the article “As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive”, the author Katy Daigle describes how the flooding of the coastlines in India has affected the agriculture. With climate change happening, more glaciers are melting and the sea levels are rising. This results in the flooding of many coastal farms in the south of Asia. For the 1.26 billion people living in India, relocation is not always an option, especially when food productivity needs to increase by 45% before 2050 if the population wants to be fed. With 1.2 million hectares of coastal land destroyed by saltwater, what is the solution? Well Indian scientists have been working on researching plants that thrive in (or at least survive) salty conditions. Already today, species are growing on the contaminated coastal lands, and while these species can’t necessarily feed the population, they can be used to obtain oil and other biofuels. Researchers are also awaiting permission to start working on GM organisms that survive with saltwater, for example a rice plant. Many steps are being taken to find a solution as the level of land and usable water continues to deplete in India, as well as in other countries all around the world.
I think it is a great initiative by the scientists to start researching on saltwater agriculture. I believe this is a major problem whose magnitude is not yet realized. At the rate we are going, climate change will not get better and as time advances, more and more coastal lands will become flooded. When that happens, we will need to be ready with a solution as to how to survive and produce food amid these conditions.
Daigle, Katy. "As Seas Rise, Saltwater Plants Offer Hope Farms Will Survive." As Seas Rise, Saltwater Plants Offer Hope Farms Will Survive. Web. 6 Nov. 2015. <http://phys.org/news/2015-08-seas-saltwater-farms-survive.html>.