Climate change will force farmers to reshuffle what is grown where

Climate change will force farmers to reshuffle what is grown where
Climate change is forecast to cut maize yields by up to 24% this century. (Image: Depositphotos)
The Economist
Agricultural yields have been rising for decades, defying predictions that the world’s population would outgrow its food supply. Such gains stem largely from scientific advances in areas like fertilisers and genetics. This pace of discovery could slow down. Even so, farmers could still increase yields by changing a lower-tech part of their job: picking what to plant where. A surprisingly large share of farmland is used for crops that do not maximise nutritional or economic value. One study in Nature Geoscience showed t...

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