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CLIMATE: Potential food crisis looms

Letter by Robert L. Humphries, Puyallup on July 16, 2012 at 9:25 am | 16 Comments »
July 16, 2012 10:11 am

A slowly developing crisis is occurring that may overtake health care and jobs as a major issue facing our nation. Regardless of which side of the fence you are on regarding climate change, the record-breaking heat much of the country has felt this summer cannot be ignored.

Some may argue that global warming is only liberal propaganda, or that it is a natural weather cycle and not manmade – and anyone who suggests that a growing population that consumes ever more natural resources and leaves behind an ever larger pollution footprint is the cause for climate change is labeled “chicken little.”

But we are beginning to see what real climate change means, scientific theories and political gamesmanship aside. Even if we all agreed that climate change is only a natural cycle, the effects would still be the same – hotter weather and stronger storms – which especially affects agriculture.

Two simple facts: We all need food, and a growing population requires ever more food. Therefore, common sense tells me that a growing population will demand ever more from agriculture production, not less (no matter the opinions on genetic engineering, pesticides, herbicides or pink slime).

And the one thing farmers can’t control is the weather. There is a real possibility of severe crop failures this year due to drought – and we are already being told to brace for higher food prices.

Affordable health care? Affordable food might become the major issue in our near future.

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