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Global warming threatens global wheat
- October 1, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
It is no secret that wheat is the most common plant crop, which, along with rice and corn, is the main source of nutrition for many hundreds and thousands of millions of people around the world. That is why the current global warming trend, which is not only preserved, but also being modified, cannot but pose a certain threat to this crop, since wheat is most dependent on rains and outside climate conditions. And so, a team of environmental scientists from the University of Arkansas presented their new study on how global warming can affect the global wheat crop.
It turns out that he not only can, but already influences – and not in the most positive way. A team of environmentalists from Arkansas indicated that, given current climate trends and warming, by the end of this century, about 15% of the world's wheat production will experience chronic drought, which will be about three to four times stronger than that drought which farmers are used to nowadays.
And this number easily doubles to 30% if mankind does not find an alternative way to effectively combat the generation of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, in connection with the industrial and production processes that take place on the territory of the whole globe. Thus, the new report by American ecologists draws close attention precisely to the fact that the inability to find alternative sources of energy is the main problem in this context – including for crops grown by humanity for food.
It is also worth noting that some third-party scientific groups and teams prefer to find the answer to such a problem in a different field of activity – for example, in the development of alternative and more effective greenhouse gas atomization systems. Be that as it may, the threat of the gradual extinction of the current volume of world-grown wheat is becoming more tangible and is capturing more and more areas of food industry development.