June 10, 2011

Climate change will spur droughts, cut food output, FAO says in report

Climate change will cause more droughts and reduce food production, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation said. Water levels in rivers and aquifers will decline in semi- arid regions of the Americas, Australia and southern Africa, which are already dry, the Rome-based FAO said in a report today. In Asia, crop-growing areas that rely on snowmelt and mountain glaciers for water will also be affected, it said.

Drought already threatens crops in China and France, helping to push up wheat prices in Paris by 85 percent in the past year. Costlier food has contributed to riots across northern Africa and to inflation, leading central banks in at least two dozen countries to raise interest rates this year. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little, The Global Miller, published and supported by the GFMT Magazine and the International Milling Directory from Perendale Publishers

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