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We are all going to eat

22 Jul 2020 | News Roundup

Speaking of plants, CO2 and every change triggering disastrous dislocation, one important consequence of man-made climate change is meant to be a disruption in agriculture leading to mass starvation. But it seems the polar bears ate it or something, because instead we hear that India’s “rice farmers are likely to harvest a record crop and step up overseas sales from the world's biggest exporter of the grain”. Things are also looking up for other crops from rice and corn to sugarcane and soybeans on which a great many poor people in the world’s second-most-populous nation depend. Apocalypse deferred… again.

India is just one country, albeit a large and very populous one. But (h/t the Global Warming Policy Forum for these stories), it’s not just India. It’s also an even bigger and more populous place called Earth: “WORLD cereal production is poised to reach a new record level of 2790 million tonnes (Mt) in 2020 – up 9.3Mt from the May forecast – surpassing the record-high registered in 2019 by as much as 3 per cent, according to the World Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) ‘Cereal Supply and Demand Brief’.”

When the world fails to end on cue it’s habitual to push back the date of the apocalypse, or possibly claim your actions prevented it. And since it’s very hard to argue that effective measures have been taken to reduce man-made GHGs in this case the alarmist position is to say yeah, yeah, enjoy the fat years because the lean ones are coming and not just seven of them. But if you root through alarmist predictions going back a few decades, you’ll see that they didn’t claim crop production would fall in 2050, they said it would be happening now.

We should already be eating bugs. And we’re not.

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