Iowa farmers letting their fields go wild … on purpose 03:42
By Jen Christensen, CNN
Updated 3:01 AM ET, Fri August 9, 2019
(CNN)Food will become scarcer, grocery prices will spike and crops will lose their nutritional value due to the climate crisis, according to a major report on land use from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released Thursday.
The climate crisis will also change what kinds of crops farmers can grow. Some climates will become too hot for what farmers are growing now. Some climates will see more flooding, more snow, more moisture in the air, which will also limit what can be grown.
Change food production and stop abusing land, major climate report warns
“The window is closing rapidly to have lower emissions and to keep warming to less than 2 degrees.That is the key message of this report,” said one of the report’s authors, Pamela McElwee, an associate professor of human ecology in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University.
The report found that quantitatively food nutrition could also decline. Wheat grown at high carbon dioxide levels, for example, will offer 6-13% less protein, 4-7% less zinc and 5-8% less iron, according to experiments done with these plants.