climate change's impact on agriculture

by Devon Sarkissian on Avril 19, 2018 - 7:59pm

In Agriculture’s Portfolio for an Uncertain Future: Preparing for Global Warming, readers are informed that global warming poses threats on agriculture.  Since agriculture takes place outdoors, climate change affects when, where, and how food and timber are produced (Drabenstott, 1992).  Changes in climate can cut crop yields, force regional shifts in production, an increase in irrigation costs, etc.  Luckily, major technological changes have been made in the twentieth century to make agriculture more adaptable.

The future climate is very uncertain, however there is still hope for agriculture.  For example, although certain farm lands would become unproductive due to climate change, greater investments in research could enhance productivity on other land bases (Drabenstott, 1992).  In other words, this article explains that even though we could lose land, we can gain some.  It is clearly seen that farmers and foresters can adapt as the climate changes, however it is strongly suggested for policymakers to create a portfolio of climate change assets and then follow through with it.  There must be multiple adaption options to be certain there are ways to combat the uncertain future.  Also, our agricultural resources must be strengthened now before climate change weakens them.

Agriculture’s Portfolio for an Uncertain Future: Preparing for Global Warming is an informative article that taught me a lot about climate change and it’s impacts on agriculture.  Not being certain of the future’s climate is quite frightening, however, I am confident that farmers will be able to adapt using today’s technology and the portfolio suggestion.  This article leaves me with one question; is there anything individuals like myself can do to prevent agricultural harm?

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