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Climate: El Nino weakens, La Nina threatens
The Pacific weather pattern known as El Nino is all but gone, climate scientists say, while its alter ego, La Nina, might soon appear on the horizon.

27th May 2010
China drought highlights future climate threats
Yunnan''s worst drought for many years has been exacerbated by destruction of forest cover and a history of poor water management.

27th May 2010
Africa revives hardy, local rice vs Asian cousin
OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists are reviving long-ignored African rice to cut dependence on Asian varieties that may be less able to withstand the impact of climate change on the poorest continent, a report said on Friday.

23rd May 2010
Rising CO2 levels threaten crops and food quality
Rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide interfere with plants` ability to convert nitrate into protein and could threaten food quality, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis. The scientists suggest that, as global climate change intensifies, it will be critical for farmers to carefully manage nitrogen fertilization in order to prevent losses in crop productivity and quality.

17th May 2010
UK water imports 'unsustainable'
The amount of water used to produce food and goods imported to the UK is worsening global shortages, a report concludes.

20th April 2010
Ten emerging potato pest and disease threats
International trade and climate change are just two reasons why new potato pest and disease threats could emerge. Philip Case with the help of Gerry Saddler from Scottish government agency SASA pinpoints 10 potential threats.

15th April 2010
Coastal communities to face food crisis
KOTA KINABALU: Rising sea level and death of corals from warmer waters will cause food sources for coastal communities in the Coral Triangle region, of which Sabahs east and north coasts are part of, to go down by half in 40 years.

12th April 2010
'Food hero' says to value soil, not oil: Factory farms extending reach of global hunger crisis, she says.
GOSHEN -- Vandana Shiva was on the fast track for a career as a nuclear physicist in the 1970s, working in an atomic research center in Bombay in her native India.

12th April 2010
Uganda Coffee Exports Fell 15% in March as Drought Cut Yields
April 8 (Bloomberg) -- Coffee exports from Uganda , Africas biggest producer of the robusta variety of the crop, fell 15 percent in March after a drought cut yields, the Uganda Coffee Development Authority said.

8th April 2010
Impact of climate change on Indian agriculture
Small and marginal farmers practising agriculture on rain-fed farms will bear the brunt of climate change

6th April 2010
What You're Eating Could Make or Break Our Planet -- 7 Principles of a Climate-Friendly Diet
Anna Lappe talks about her new book "Diet for a Hot Planet" and explains how to change our diet so it becomes part of the solution, not the problem.

6th April 2010
How Will Climate Change Impact Bread?
Climate change may already be hitting you--in the stomach. A new analysis reveals that higher average temperatures in Montana over the last six decades equal less wheat. Plant scientist Luther Talbert of Montana State University and his colleagues looked at weather records for the Mountain State from 1950 to 2007. The month of March has had the most warming overall, increasing by nearly 0.1 ...

5th April 2010
Science alone not enough to boost world farm output
MONTPELLIER, France (Reuters) - Feeding a fast-growing global population in the face of climate change and stagnant funding for food aid and farm research will require a fundamental revamp of agriculture, agricultural experts said.

30th March 2010
China sends emergency food to drought-stricken provinces
Temperatures and rainfall reach worst levels since 1950s, affecting 18m people and 11m livestock in southern regionsChina has sent 1.4m tonnes of emergency grain supplies to drought-stricken southern provinces that are struggling to cope with the worst drought in decades, the local media reported today.Authorities say well digging and other relief efforts may also need to be widened as the normally lush and humid region undergoes a dry spell that threatens wildlife, crop production and hydropower generation.The drought has left 18 million people and 11m livestock in Yunnan, Guangxi, Sichuan and Chongqing without adequate water, according to the ministry of civil affairs.As Yunnan is home to several of Asia's biggest rivers, including the Yangtze, Mekong and Salween, the downstream impact of a prolonged drought is of concern to almost a billion people.The economic damage is already estimated at 24bn yuan (about £2. ...

26th March 2010
VIETNAM: Salinisation, Drought Bring Worries to Mekong Delta
MEKONG DELTA, Vietnam, Mar 18 (IPS) - He has worked this land for half of 64 years and is known among his fellow farmers in Kien Giang province here in the Mekong Delta as lao nong , or the old master of rice.

20th March 2010
RIGHTS: "Famine Marriages" Just One Byproduct of Climate Change
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 9 (IPS/TerraViva) - The negative fallout from climate change is having a devastatingly lopsided impact on women compared to men, from higher death rates during natural disasters to heavier household and care burdens.

11th March 2010
TANZANIA: Weather Changes Turn Farming into Gamble with Nature
DAR-ES-SALAAM, Mar 10 (IPS) - Changes in weather patterns have turned agriculture into a gamble with nature for Tanzanian farmers. Prolonged droughts and floods have made the lives of small-scale farmers, who don t have access to irrigation, extremely difficult.

11th March 2010
Drought ravages famed Philippine rice terraces - AFP via Yahoo! News
A worsening drought is exacting a terrible toll on the world-famous mountain rice terraces of the northern Philippines, local officials said Tuesday.

11th March 2010
The Local Food and Farming Revolution
Most of us know in our bones that a sea change is coming in agriculture. But the biggest driver of that change is not going to come from the issues that I ve mentioned so far. The biggest driver is going to be the increasing cost and decreasing availability of fossil fuels, especially oil. Because agriculture is so dependent on oil, the entire system is extremely vulnerable to oil depletion"and to oil price spikes. The situation brewing on the horizon regarding oil compels us to begin rethinking how we grow our food, and even how we eat.

9th March 2010
Drought sends farmers rushing to rescue rice - Vietnam Net
VietNamNet Bridge - Unusually hot, dry weather has put thousands of hectares of rice in the country's central and Mekong Delta regions at risk of a poor harvest. Residents and local leaders are now undertaking drastic measures to ensure the winter-spring crop does not go to waste.

9th March 2010
VIETNAM: Record drought threatens livelihoods - IRIN
HANOI, 5 March 2010 (IRIN) - As temperatures rise in Vietnam, a nationwide drought has dried up riverbeds, sparked forest fires and now threatens one of the world's richest agricultural regions, upon which millions depend for their livelihoods.

8th March 2010
How food and water are driving a 21st-century African land grab
An Observer investigation reveals how rich countries faced by a global food shortage now farm an area double the size of the UK to guarantee supplies for their citizens Read the expert's viewWe turned off the main road to Awassa, talked our way past security guards and drove a mile across empty land before we found what will soon be Ethiopia's largest greenhouse. Nestling below an escarpment of the Rift Valley, the development is far from finished, but the plastic and steel structure already stretches over 20 hectares " the size of 20 football pitches.The farm manager shows us millions of tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables being grown in 500m rows in computer controlled conditions.

8th March 2010
MALAWI: Climate Change Is Changing Farming Methods
LILONGWE, Mar 5 (IPS) - As they slept soundly on the night of Feb. 28, a family of four was killed when their house collapsed over their heads in Malawi's southern district of Chikhwawa.

8th March 2010
Olives, pomegranates to rule farms - Sydney Morning Herald
Australian farmers will be told to grow olives, jojoba, pomegranates and other hardy crops in a bid to foil the impending climate change threat.

5th March 2010
The Century of Famine
Humanity has struggled to survive through the millennia in terms of balancing population size with food supply. The same is true now, but population numbers have been soaring for over a century. The limiting factor has been hidden, but this factor -- oil and natural gas, or petroleum -- is close to or beyond its peak extraction. Without ample, free-flowing petroleum, it will not be possible to support a population of several billion for long.

5th March 2010
The N of an era: America’s nitrogen dilemma—and what we can do about it
by Tom Philpott There are three things onwhich the mighty engine of U.S. agriculture depends: water, fuel, and syntheticnitrogen. Like water, nitrogen is elemental to life. It's the essentialbuilding block of the plants we eat.Farmers remove it from the soil when they harvest the year's crop, and theymust replenish it for the following year s.Compared with water and fuel,nitrogen is actually in one sense quite plentiful: it makes up about 80 percentof the air we breathe. Yet for all that ubiquity, it's also in a sense scarce:its extremely strong chemical bond"it exists in the air in triple-bondedpairs of nitrogen known as N2"makes it difficult for plants to use.The N of the world as we know it Less than 100 years ago, welearned"in the process of perfecting bomb-making technology"how to createreadily available nitrogen on a ...

5th March 2010
Drought Threatens Syria Economy as Refugees Flee Parched Farms - Bloomberg
March 2 (Bloomberg) -- A few miles beyond an irrigated golf course on the outskirts of Damascus, scores of refugees fleeing drought in Syria's northeastern breadbasket have settled into tents on a rocky field.

5th March 2010
Food & agriculture - Feb 25
-Health: the challenge of improving nutrition-Small family farms in tropics can feed the hungry and preserve biodiversity-Jonathan Safran Foer: the truth about fish farming-Scientists unite to combat water scarcity; solutions yield more crop per drop in drylands-Potatoes, Not Just Pistons, Take Root in Detroit-She Farms-New Investments in Agriculture Likely to Fail Without Sharp Focus on Small-Scale 'Mixed' Farmer read more

28th February 2010
New research: synthetic nitrogen destroys soil carbon, undermines soil health
For all of its ecological baggage, synthetic nitrogen does one good deed for the environment: it helps build carbon in soil. At least, that's what scientists have assumed for decades. If that were true, it would count as a major environmental benefit of synthetic N use...Well, that logic has come under fierce challenge from a team of University of Illinois researchers led by professors Richard Mulvaney, Saeed Khan, and Tim Ellsworth.
See also: China's soil deterioration may become growing food crisis, adviser claims

27th February 2010
Drought could cause US$14.7m in crop losses - Trinidad Express
Drought conditions in Guyana, caused by a lingering El Nino, is threatening to cause billions of dollars in damage to the agriculture sector and officials say they are doing all they can to, at least, limit the losses.

20th February 2010
Philippines Bracing for the Worst in Drought - New York Times
The drought has destroyed millions of dollars worth of crops, reduced the country's water supply and is threatening widespread blackout.

20th February 2010
Drought concerns plague Syrian farmers - UPI
ALEPPO, Syria, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Pervasive drought in northeastern Syria sparked the largest wave of internal displacement in the region in years, U.N. agricultural officials said.

20th February 2010
Climate change threat to berries - BBC News
Scientists in Scotland join an international forum working to safeguard the future of the multi-million pound soft fruit industry.

20th February 2010
Jonathan Safran Foer: Why I lost my appetite for meat
For years he was happy to be a 'selective omnivore'. So what made the author give up eating meat for good?When I was young, I would often spend the weekend at my grandmother's house. On the way in, on Friday night, she would lift me from the ground in one of her fire-smothering hugs. And on the way out, on Sunday afternoon, I was again taken into the air. It wasn't until years later that I realised she was weighing me.My grandmother survived the second world war in eastern Europe barefoot, -scavenging other -people's inedibles: rotting potatoes, -discarded scraps of meat, skins and the bits that clung to bones and pits.

20th February 2010
Climate change affecting Kenya's coffee output
MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - Climate change has affected Kenyan coffee production through unpredictable rainfall patterns and excessive droughts, making crop management and disease control a nightmare, a researcher said on Thursday.

15th February 2010
Eastern Syria grapples with drought, poverty
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian officials addressing a rare public forum have revealed the full impact of a drought that ravaged the 2008 wheat crop and displaced hundreds of thousands of people in the east of the country.

27th January 2010
Drought drives Middle Eastern pepper farmers out of business, threatens prized heirloom chiles
by Gary Nabhan Editor's note: This marks the launch of Climate Change and Food Culture, a series of posts by Gary Nabhan about how climate change threatens to stamp out some of the globe's most celebrated foodstuffs, and along with them the farming and cooking cultures that created them. """"""-Dazzling diversity under threat: a woman sells peppers in a Central Asian bazaar. Most Turks live on the water's edge in the far western reaches of their vast country. But many of the spices that perfume the air in Turkey's famous urban bazaars come from the nation's southeastern farming areas of Sanliurfa and Kahramanmaras.

18th January 2010
Even Plants May Not Like a Warmer World - TIME
Even Plants May Not Like a Warmer WorldTIMEFor the plants that form the very foundation of the food chain, though, an argument can be made that both global warming itself and the rising carbon ...and more

18th January 2010
Rice Export Prices Unlikely to Decline, Mohanty Says - Update2 - Bloomberg
Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Rice export prices will probably be sustained at about $600 per metric ton after drought and floods damaged crops in India and the Philippines, an agricultural economist said. Rice futures rallied in Chicago.

11th January 2010
Massive crop losses predicted from heatwave - ABC Online
Massive crop losses predicted from heatwaveABC OnlineThe heatwave across south east Australia is worrying fruit and vegetable growers, with one table grape grower predicting a 70 per cent drop in yields. ...Heatwave predicted to hit this weekMudgeee Guardian and Gulgong Advertiserall 2

11th January 2010
Vietnam predicts drought and rising sea level, damage to crops - Asia News Network
Serious drought in the north and rising sea levels in the south may cause significant losses to farmers in the winter-spring harvest, according to a forecast by the National Centre for Hydrometeorology Forecasting.

10th January 2010
Who Will Grow Your Food? Part I: The Coming Demographic Crisis in Agriculture
This is the beginning of a multi-part series on agricultural education, the farming demographic crisis and the question of who will grow our food - what the problems are, how we will find new farmers, how they will be trained. To me, this is one of the most urgent questions of our time. read more

4th January 2010
Heat cuts Australian citrus crops -
Unseasonal spring heat has had a drastic effect on Australia’s citrus crops, with exporters fearful of a large reduction in crop yields

4th January 2010
Snow isn't erasing lingering drought - San Francisco Chronicle
The recent dose of foul weather has raised the spirits of California's water lords, but measurements taken Wednesday in the Sierra Nevada show there is still not enough snow to ease drought conditions.

2nd January 2010
Drought could be worst for a century - Vietnam Net
VietNamNet Bridge - About two billion cubic metres of water will be released from reservoirs to save winter-spring crops in northern regions from looming drought.

21st December 2009
Rooibos tea farmers on the front line of climate change
When Mma Precious Ramotswe, the heroine of the best selling No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency has a particularly troublesome case to consider she sits down and pours herself a soothing cup of bush tea.

18th December 2009
BANGLADESH: Food Security in Great Peril from Climate Change
COPENHAGEN, Dec 18 (IPS/TerraViva) - Unless the world comes to its aid, Bangladesh says the vulnerability of its agriculture sector to climate change could spell severe consequences for its millions of people, who stand to lose their main source of livelihood.

18th December 2009
To Fight Global Warming and Prevent Hunger, We Need to Change How We Grow Our Food
Unless we control global climate change, caused in part by industrial farming, agricultural output across the world is likely to plummet.

16th December 2009
Chinese farmers struggle with climate change
ZHONGZHUANG, China (Reuters) - Across the brown hills of Zhongzhuang Village in northwest China, farmers count the costs of a changing climate in lost crops, dry wells and lives weighed down by poverty.

15th December 2009
Why Britain faces a bleak future of food shortages
Britain faces a 'perfect storm' of water shortage and lack of food, says the government's chief scientist, and climate change and crop and animal diseases will add to future woes. Science is now striving to find solutionsIt was an ecological disaster that occurred on the other side of the planet. Yet the drought that devastated the Australian wheat harvest last year had consequences that shook the world. It sent food prices soaring in every nation. Wheat prices across the globe soared by 130%, while shopping bills in Britain leapt by 15%.A year later and the cost of food today has still to fall to previous levels.

13th December 2009
SA crop yields slashed by extreme weather - ABC Online
Extreme weather back in November has cut the expected crop yields of some South Australian farms by half.

8th December 2009
Heatwave hits citrus crops - ABC Online
Heatwave hits citrus crops:A Renmark citrus grower says the heatwave that hit the region in October and November has wiped out most of his crop. Norm Hood says more than 98 per cent of his valencia and navel orange crop is on the ground, because the sunburnt stems could not hold the weight of the fruit.

8th December 2009
Climate summit: Nearly half the world will suffer from water shortages 'within 30 years' - Daily Telegraph
Global leaders gathering at the Copenhagen climate change summit urgently need to address the fact that 40pc of the world will suffer from water shortages within 30 years, according to the chief executive of Suez Environnement, Europe's second biggest water company.

7th December 2009
Global warming threatens China harvests: forecaster
BEIJING (Reuters) - Droughts and floods stoked by global warming threaten to destabilize China's grain production, the nation's top meteorologist has warned, urging bigger grain reserves and strict protection of farmland and water supplies.

2nd December 2009
Kenyan Tea Output Falls 7.4% in October on Drought - Update2 - Bloomberg
Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Kenya's tea production fell 7.4 percent in October to 32.7 million kilograms (719.4 million pounds), compared with the same month a year earlier because of a drought.

24th November 2009
Fish 'at risk' in acidified ocean
Fish reared in water acidified by CO2 may become "fatally attracted" to the smell of their predators, say scientists.

22nd November 2009
Heatwave cuts hopes for Australia's crops -
Heatwave cuts hopes for Australia's cropsAgrimoney.comThe revisions, which follow months of rising hopes for Australia's production, come amid a heatwave which has brought record temperatures to some growing ...Australia wheat crop estimates cut in record heatForexyardall 7

20th November 2009
Food, famine & climate change special - Guardian Unlimited
Do you know what's in your freezer and store cupboards? Could you dine in style for a week without shopping? A month? allen and york. london.

19th November 2009
DEVELOPMENT: Climate Change Likely to Increase African Hunger Woes
BERLIN, Nov 18 (IPS) - Africa, the continent already most affected by hunger and food scarcity, is likely to see its woes increased due to climate change and the changing rain patterns it provokes, experts and scientists say.

19th November 2009
Fresh Food From Small Spaces: A Beginner's Guide to Urban Farming
You don't need a red barn and rolling wheat fields. Urbanites, too, can grow their own food indoors, in cramped spaces, and without access to land! For real.

19th November 2009
Rice to Return 100% as Typhoons, Drought Roil Asians - Update3 - Bloomberg
Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Rice prices have nowhere to go but up as drought in India and cyclones in the Philippines cripple harvests, according to the world's biggest importer and the top exporter.

18th November 2009
Feeding the world, climate change, and peak oil - Nov 17
-UN links climate with hunger-Hungry for change-The Links Between Food Security And Climate Change-Agriculture in the Climate Change Negotiations, Platform Issue Paper-The one thing depleting faster than oil is the credibility of those measuring it-Promoting climate-smart agriculture read more

18th November 2009
Dog stew? - BBC News
The BBC's Ethical Man asks if it's time to eat the pets

15th November 2009
The Links Between Food Security And Climate Change
By Kanayo F. Nwanze Recent reports indicate that the rains have failed once again across vast swathes of Eastern Africa, putting millions of people at risk. This current regional crisis is a stark reminder to all of us that the global food security crisis of 2007 and 2008, which was marked by a sharp contraction in food supplies and food price spikes, is far from over

12th November 2009
Saudi to phase out water intensive crops - minister - Arabian Business
Crops to be phased out include wheat and soya beans - Saudi water electricity minister.

8th November 2009
Climate change & agriculture - Energy Bulletin
-Corn-based meat and ethanol: burning the planet to a crisp-Earth matters
-Tackling the climate crisis from the ground up
-Loophole Deja Vu: Senate Climate Bill's Agriculture Offsets Include Polluter Giveaway
-Study claims meat creates half of all greenhouse gases

4th November 2009
Higher temperatures will harm many crops, report says -
Global warming would be bad news for all those amber waves of grain, and for the corn and soybeans that are plentiful throughout the Midwest. "The grain-filling period" - the time when the seed grows and matures - "of wheat and other small grains shortens dramatically with rising temperatures. Analysis of crop responses suggests that even moderate increases in temperature will decrease yields of corn, wheat, sorghum, bean, rice, cotton and peanut crops," according to "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States," a report based on a comprehensive review of scientific literature and government data by a team of American scientists.

3rd November 2009
Livestock and Climate Change
Livestock and Climate Change: What if the key actors in climate change are...cows, pigs, and chickens?
Read "Livestock and Climate Change," World Watch Magazine [FREE PDF]

23rd October 2009
Corn-based meat and ethanol: burning the planet to a crisp
by Tom Philpott Corn harvest in Iowa. Would you like that in your Big Mac, your gas tank, or both?Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS. What do industrially produced meat and corn-based ethanol have in common?Well, they both thrive on the assumption that it's good idea to devote vast swaths of land to an incredibly resource-intensive crop"corn"and then run that crop through an energy-sucking process to create a product of dubious value.And .. they both got tagged as major drivers of climate change this past week.Ethanol took the harder blow of the two, I think.

23rd October 2009
Feeding the world in years to come - Deutsche Welle
By the year 2050, world population is likely to soar by more than 30 percent mainly in the developing world. There will be more mouths to feed but fewer farmers to grow the crops due to a mass exodus to urban areas.

17th October 2009
Climate change threatens rice production
Once-in-a-lifetime floods in the Philippines, India's delayed monsoon, and extensive drought in Australia are taking their toll on this year's rice crops, demonstrating the vulnerability of rice to extreme weather.

17th October 2009
Hungry? One-sixth of humanity feels the same. - The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News
As long as the world made headway in reducing the masses of hungry people, it was easy for wealthy nations to largely ignore World Food Day, which is observed every Oct. 16.

17th October 2009
AFRICA: Climate Change Worsening Farming's Trade-Related Woes
BERLIN, Oct 13 (IPS) - Numerous research institutes and international organisations agree that climate change will in the short and medium term worsen Africa's agriculture and food production capabilities, unless greenhouse gases emissions (GHE) are substantially reduced and adequate trade and investment policies put in place.

14th October 2009
Dinner is grass in South Sudan after drought kills crops - Channel NewsAsia
LOBIRA BOMA: In a rustic village at the foot of a steep mountain, women prepare meals by crushing dried grasses, all there is to eat after drought left over a million people in south Sudan short of food.

13th October 2009
Despair and Hope amid Ethiopia's severe drought - AlertNet
Lutheran World Federation (LWF) - Switzerland (Department for World Service) Severe drought has struck East Africa, and 20 million people are in need of immediate emergency relief to survive. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and other members of the church related ...

13th October 2009
Nigeria : Fears As Drought Threatens Eleven States -
Abuja/Katsin/Sokoto/Maiduguri " Eleven states in the north are faced with a serious threat of drought, the National Emergency Management Agency warned yesterday.

13th October 2009
Ways of living - BBC News
Drought forces dreadful choice for Africa's herdsmen

11th October 2009
BIODIVERSITY: Dwindling Fish Catch Could Leave a Billion Hungry
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Oct 9 (IPS) - Fish catches are expected to decline dramatically in the world's tropical regions because of climate change, but may increase in the north, said a new study published Thursday.

11th October 2009
Drought widens in NSW - Brisbane Times
The NSW government is being urged to give drought-affected farmers some certainty and pledge to continue support measures as conditions worsen.

11th October 2009
Prayers for rain in Syria dust bowl - BBC News
For three years now Turkya has been waiting for the rain to come. For three years, not a drop has fallen from the sky.

11th October 2009
Climate Change More Expensive to Farmers than Climate Bill, Report Says
While the U.S. farm lobby tries to derail climate legislation it says would add crippling costs to production, the effects of climate change itself " including crop damage from increased flooding, higher temperatures, and drought " pose the real threat to the industry, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group. Proposed congressional legislation that would place a price and a cap on carbon emissions would increase production costs less than one half of one percent " increases the report says "are so small they would be lost in the background noise caused by annual swings in farm income." The far greater threat is the increase in costs associated with rising temperatures and changing weather patterns, the analysis says, citing a recent study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that predicts a 30 to 63 percent decrease in corn and soybean crop yields by ...

11th October 2009
Drought hits South China's Guangdong - China Daily
GUANGZHOU: Spreading drought hit South China's Guangdong province, where more than 50,000 people suffer from drinking water shortage while 53,333 hectares of crops are affected.

11th October 2009
Monsanto Forecasts Africa to Increase Biotech Crop Planting - Bloomberg
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Monsanto Co. , the world's biggest seed producer, expects African countries to increase planting of genetically-modified crops to boost food security and economic development as the region is affected by climate change.
[ so someone is benefitting from climate change after all...]

11th October 2009
Tropics face fish famine, report warns
The first study to look at how climate change will affect food supplies offshore warns of severe declines in fish stocks in some of the world's poorest regionsFish populations in the tropics could fall by as much as 40% over the next half century because of global warming, jeopardising a vital food source for the developing world, a new study published today has found.The waters off Indonesia - which rank among the most plentiful areas for fish today - could see supplies fall by well over 20% by 2055 because of changes in ocean conditions. Fishermen operating in US coastal waters (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) could also face large declines in fish stocks, as would those working off Chile and China."Fish are very sensitive to temperatures, and when the temperatures warm because of climate change, the fish will move away.

9th October 2009
Major rice shortage likely following drought, floods in AP - Business Standard India
A double blow has hit farmers this Kharif season in Andhra Pradesh " the country's rice bowl " with drought and devastating floods threatening a major shortage in the foodgrain.

9th October 2009
Food insecurity - Oct 8
-Moore decries buying up third world for food security
-How to Feed the World in 2050-Climate change: Impact on agriculture and costs of adaptation
-Crying Wolf: Climate Change Will Cost Farmers Far More Than a Climate Bill

9th October 2009
Prayers for rain in Syria dust bowl - BBC News
The BBC's Natalia Antelava visits north-eastern Syria where drought has transformed the lives of many - for the worse.

7th October 2009
Sugar the new oil as prices soar - Guardian Unlimited
The price of sugar on global commodity markets has doubled since the beginning of the year and is close to a 28-year high as hedge funds and speculators jostle to bet on the possibility of an international shortage of the world's favourite natural sweetener.

7th October 2009
Prices set to soar as crucial crops are lost in floods - NDTV
First the drought and then devastating floods. There seems to be no end to the Indian farmers' misery. Crucial paddy, onion, sugarcane and horticulture crops have been lost in the floods in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

7th October 2009
African farmers suffer hardship as climate worsens
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - African farmers said on Monday floods and droughts expected to worsen with climate change have already brought poor harvests, and women workers are turning to prostitution and falling victim to HIV/AIDS.

6th October 2009
UN warns of 70% drought by 2025 - AsiaOne
BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Drought could parch close to 70 percent of the planet's soil by 2025 unless countries implement policies to slow desertification, a senior United Nations official has warned.

6th October 2009
Oxfam: drought threatens 6.2 million Ethiopians
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - As many as 6.2 million Ethiopians need emergency humanitarian assistance due to severe drought, an official from the Oxfam charity said on Monday.

6th October 2009
India to Keep Wheat Export Ban Amid Drought, Floods - Bloomberg
Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- India, the world's second-biggest producer of wheat, won t end a ban on exports of the cereal to avoid food shortages after drought and floods damaged crops of rice and sugar cane.

6th October 2009
Arctic Seas Turn to Acid, Putting Vital Food Chain at Risk -
by Robin McKie Carbon-dioxide emissions are turning the waters of the Arctic Ocean into acid at an unprecedented rate, scientists have discovered. Research carried out in the archipelago of Svalbard has shown in many regions around the north pole seawater is likely to reach corrosive levels within 10 years. The water will then start to dissolve the shells of mussels and other shellfish and cause ...

4th October 2009
ASIA: Mounting Costs of Climate Change Raise Fears of Conflict
BANGKOK, Oct 1 (IPS) - The rising challenge of climate change has raised fears of growing conflicts as the impact of more extreme weather triggers food water scarcities across the Asia region.

2nd October 2009
Climate change threatens Brazil's rich agriculture
VARGINHA, Brazil (Reuters) - A freak tornado and floods last month may be a harbinger of a troubled future for Brazilian farmers, who worry that climate change could severely disrupt production in one of the world's breadbaskets.

2nd October 2009
CLIMATE CHANGE: Food Supply Hangs in the Balance
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Oct 2 (IPS) - Rocketing food prices and hundreds of millions more starving people will be part of humanity's grim future without concerted action on climate change and new investments in agriculture, experts reported this week.

2nd October 2009
ENVIRONMENT: Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilisation?
WASHINGTON, Sep 29 (IPS) - In early 2008, Saudi Arabia announced that, after being self-sufficient in wheat for over 20 years, the non-replenishable aquifer it had been pumping for irrigation was largely depleted.
See also: Climate change will hit developing world harvests hardest - Nature

30th September 2009
Drought Threatens Ukraine's Winter Crops, Weather Center Says - Bloomberg
Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Winter-grain sowing in Ukraine, the world's biggest barley exporter, is under threat because of drought, the state-run Hydrometeorology Center said.

30th September 2009
Kenya's heart stops pumping
Kenya's 'paradise' lake vanishes as forests fall
See also: East Africa drought in fifth year, millions hungry - Reuters via Yahoo!7 News

30th September 2009
Drought looming
Disastrous drought threaten Iraq's farmlands

30th September 2009
India drought 'worst since 1972' - BBC News
India suffered its weakest monsoon for nearly 40 years, the country's meteorological department says.

30th September 2009
Climate change will hit developing world harvests hardest - Nature
Report quantifies link between global warming and food security.

30th September 2009
Wheat Crop in New South Wales Cut 20% by Drought, Minister Says - Bloomberg
Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Drought in Australia s New South Wales, usually the nation s second-largest wheat grower, has cut the state harvest by at least 20 percent, the government said.

23rd September 2009
Research: Climate change a threat to crops worldwide - The Montclarion
RALEIGH Even if global temperatures rise slowly, climate change could slash the yields of some of the world's most important crops almost in half, according to a new study co-authored by a North Carolina State University scientist.

20th September 2009
Severe drought affects 1.3 million in Syria - The Christian Science Monitor
More than 800,000 people have lost their livelihoods in a four-year dry spell exacerbated by climate change and rising food prices. Almost half of them live in urban makeshift camps.

19th September 2009
Drought in China leads to water shortages - UPI
CHONGQING, China, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A severe drought has led to a shortage of drinking water for 1.5 million people in south and central China, a government spokesman said.

19th September 2009
Almost 4 million Kenyans on food aid as drought deepens - Guardian Unlimited
The devastating drought sweeping across Kenya is causing widespread hunger, thirst and, in the case of cattle, death.

18th September 2009
Climate change depresses beer drinkers - New Scientist
The quality of hops is falling due to rising temperatures

13th September 2009
Mexico Now Enduring Worst Drought in Years - International Herald Tribune
Crops are drying up in the fields and water is being rationed in the capital as Mexico struggles with its worst drought in six decades.

13th September 2009
Meanwhile, nitrous oxide levels have been climbing as a result of increased emissions from agricultural fertilizers ... - Sunday Observer
Atmospheric chemist A. R. Ravishankara and his colleagues at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado, have now used a chemical model of stratospheric ozone to calculate the ozone-depleting potential (ODP) of nitrous oxide.

13th September 2009
Climate change depresses beer drinkers - New Scientist
The quality of hops is falling due to rising temperatures

13th September 2009
Mexico Now Enduring Worst Drought in Years - International Herald Tribune
Crops are drying up in the fields and water is being rationed in the capital as Mexico struggles with its worst drought in six decades.

13th September 2009
Meanwhile, nitrous oxide levels have been climbing as a result of increased emissions from agricultural fertilizers ... - Sunday Observer
Atmospheric chemist A. R. Ravishankara and his colleagues at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado, have now used a chemical model of stratospheric ozone to calculate the ozone-depleting potential (ODP) of nitrous oxide.

13th September 2009
Within the span of a couple generations, we abandoned a durable, finely textured, life-affirming set of living arrangements characterized by self-sufficient family farms intermixed with small towns that provided commerce, services, and culture. Worse yet, we traded that model for a coarse-scaled arrangement wholly dependent on ready access to cheap fossil fuels. read more

10th September 2009
Seed variety loss seen hampering climate response
LONDON (Reuters) - Farmers in developing countries are losing traditional varieties because of growing corporate control of the seeds they plant, hampering their ability to cope with climate change, a London-based think tank said on Monday.

8th September 2009
Ocean acidification may be trouble for Alaskan fish
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The waters off Alaska, teeming with enough fish to support more than half the U.S. commercial seafood catch, face a new threat -- increasing acidification from the same atmospheric carbon linked to global warming.

5th September 2009
India's Economic Growth May Falter as Drought Threatens Crops - Bloomberg
Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- India s economic rebound, which last quarter lagged behind recoveries in China and Japan, may falter as a drought threatens to curb harvests and rural incomes.
See also: India to Import 30% of Sugar Demand Due to Drought - Bloomberg

2nd September 2009
Heatwave burns Qld horticulture - Stock and Land
Queensland's heatwave has had a devastating effect on the State's $5.65 billion agricultural sector, The Australian Financial Review reports. Some produce in the middle of their peak season may be in abundance now, but the heat is expected to have brought forward stocks and left many growers struggling to pick their crops.

1st September 2009
Drought cost Mexico 1.5 million tons in food - AP via Yahoo! Finance
Mexico's agriculture secretary says drought has cost the country 1.5 million tons of food production, most of it corn. Alberto Cardenas said Friday that crops on at least 313,000 hectares have been ruined because of lack of rain during July and most of August.

1st September 2009
Climate tipping point defined for US crop yields
When farms start spending too long above 29 °C, yields will nosedive, says a new study

27th August 2009
History can no longer guide farmers, investors: U.N.
GENEVA (Reuters) - Climate change has made history an inaccurate guide for farmers as well as energy investors who must rely on probabilities and scenarios to make decisions, the head of a United Nations agency said on Wednesday.

27th August 2009
Water shortage threatens two million people in southern Iraq
Electricity supply to Nasiriyah has dropped by 50% because of falling levels of Euphrates river A water shortage described as the most critical since the earliest days of Iraq's civilisation is threatening to leave up to 2 million people in the south of the country without electricity and almost as many without drinking water.An already meagre supply of electricity to Iraq's fourth-largest city of Nasiriyah has fallen by 50% during the last three weeks because of the rapidly falling levels of the Euphrates river, which has only two of four power-generating turbines left working.If, as predicted, the river falls by a further 20cm during the next fortnight, engineers say the remaining two turbines will also close down, forcing a total blackout in the city.Down river, where the Euphrates spills out into the Shatt al-Arab waterway at the north-eastern corner of the Persian Gulf, ...

27th August 2009
Pakistan's cry for water
Pakistan is running out of water so fast that the shortage will strangulate all water-based economic activity by 2015, a Pakistani thinktank says. And that pretty much covers 70 percent of the population who are involved in farming. This is not a new warning. In recent months, as this blog itself has noted, experts have painted an increasingly bleak scenario of Pakistan's rivers drying up, the ground water polluted and over-exploited and the whole water infrastructure in a shambles. But Pakistan, as the Islamabad-based Centre for Research and Security Studies says, is not listening. Pakistan has gone from a "water scarce" country to a "water-stressed" country, worse than Ethiopia, the Centre says quoting a 2006 World Bank study.

27th August 2009
US crop yields could wilt in heat - EurekAlert!
Yields of three of the most important crops produced in the United States -- corn, soybeans and cotton -- are predicted to fall off a cliff if temperatures rise due to climate change.

25th August 2009
Dust to dust - BBC News
California farms revert to desert as water runs out

25th August 2009
"Global starvation imminent as US faces crop failure" - comment by Jan Lundberg
Editor's commentary: The above headline and first sentences of a recent report from grab one's attention: "The world faces 'mass starvation' following North America's next major crop failure. And it could even happen before year's end." World leaders and the corporate media don't appreciate the role of petroleum in food production and distribution. On top of that typical error in the report, several other contradictions make for a jaw-dropping reading experience.

24th August 2009
Rainfall needed for NSW crops - BigPond News
New figures show about 64 per cent of NSW is still in drought.

24th August 2009
Nile Delta: 'We are going underwater. The sea will conquer our lands'
The Nile Delta is under threat from rising sea levels. Without the food it produces, Egypt faces catastropheMaged Shamdy's ancestors arrived on the shores of Lake Burrulus in the mid-19th century. In the dusty heat of Cairo at the time, French industrialists were rounding up forced labour squads to help build the Suez Canal, back-breaking labour from which thousands did not return. Like countless other Egyptians, the Shamdys abandoned their family home and fled north into the Nile Delta, where they could hide within the marshy swamplands that fanned out from the great river's edge.As the years passed, colonial rulers came and went.

24th August 2009
Cattle, crop losses mount in Texas drought
DALLAS (Reuters) - A vast swathe of Texas remains in the grip of a scorching drought, which has cost billions of dollars and is cleaving America's largest beef cattle herd.

24th August 2009
Climate change threatens Central American coffee
CERRO DE ORO, Guatemala (Reuters) - Scientists expect climate change to dramatically affect coffee production in Central America in the coming decades, but some lowland farmers in Guatemala say they are already feeling the effects.

24th August 2009
Millions at risk in China drought - BBC News
More than 4.5m people are short of drinking water in northern China during a severe drought, says state media.

24th August 2009
India to import food amid drought - BBC News
India will import food as shortages caused by drought hit up to 700 million people, the finance minister says.

24th August 2009
City farmers - BBC News
Organic fruit and veg gives Cubans edge in food crisis

24th August 2009
Deep-fried locust, anyone? Insects may be the answer to our looming food crisis
Sustainable and nutritious, it's time insects were seen as another source of protein. The problem is how to make them desirableAs with gingerbread men and gummy bears, the dilemma when served a locust is whether to begin eating it head or legs first. I choose to start with the six little legs (sometimes you need to fold them in a bit because they tend to trail out of your mouth otherwise), then the abdomen and finally (gulp) the head. Crunch, crunch, swallow. Think: bbq prawns, but unshelled.I'll be honest, deep-fried locust is not the most delicious snack I've ever had.

21st August 2009
Asia facing unprecedented food shortage, UN report says
Major investment in irrigation systems needed to feed population expected to grow by 1.5 billion over next 40 yearsAsia faces an unprecedented food crisis and huge social unrest unless hundreds of billions of dollars are invested in better irrigation systems to grow crops for its burgeoning population, according to a UN report published today.India, China, Pakistan and other large countries avoided famines in the 1970s and 1980s only because they built giant state-sponsored irrigation systems and introduced better seeds and fertilisers. But the extra 1.5 billion people expected to live on the continent by 2050 will double Asia's demand for food, says the report from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Bank-funded International Water Management Institute (IWMI).A combination of very little new land left for cultivation, an increasingly unpredictable climate and water supplies stretched to the limit ...

21st August 2009
Almost half of India under drought: Pawar - The Times of India
NEW DELHI: With the government declaring that almost half the country is already under drought, the Union cabinet will on Thursday consider a proposal to increase the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy to Rs 1,000 per quintal from the existing rate of Rs 850. The government will also mull whether to increase the support price for arhar (tur) dal from Rs 2,000 to Rs 2,300 and of moong dal from ...

21st August 2009
Drought hastens Argentina's first beef imports - People's Daily
Argentina, the biggest beef-consuming nation, may resort to imports for the first time within two years as a drought kills cattle and export controls prompt ranchers to quit the business. Pastures have dried up and forage prices gained so much that farmers are allowing livestock to die in the fields, said Arturo Llavallol, a director of Buenos Aires-based farm group The Rural Society. Ranchers ...

21st August 2009
Indian drought threatens rice, sugar output - AFP via Yahoo! News
India said Wednesday it would step up its food distribution programme for the poor as a widening drought threatened to cut rice production by 10 percent and sharply reduce sugar supplies.

21st August 2009
Kenyan farmers hit by drought - AFP via Yahoo! News
In Kenya a bruising and recurring drought is driving huge numbers of subsistence farmers away from rural areas, where they are increasingly reliant on hand-outs, into congested slums.

21st August 2009
Mekong Delta may be inundated by rising sea
HANOI (Reuters) - More than a third of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, where nearly half of the country's rice is grown, will be submerged if sea levels rise by 1 meter (39 inches), an environment ministry scenario predicted.

21st August 2009
Big Dry : Global Drought Update
It's not the Polar Bears in a remote, formerly ice-locked location that I'm talking about. It's the humans, in previously luscious fertile parts, now facing extraordinary and continuing drought. Let's do a quick review of some global human habitat locations and see how much good quality rain is no longer falling. Oh yes, there are sometimes storms, hurricanes, typhoons and flash floods, but this is "bad water", running straight off the parched un-absorbing un-receptive land straight back into the waterways.

14th August 2009
Drought costs NZ $2.8 billion -
Agriculture Minister David Carter has revealed that the nationwide drought between spring 2007 and autumn 2008 cost the New Zealand economy $2.8 billion. A Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry report outlining the effects of the 2007-2008 drought ...

14th August 2009
El Nino scare for drought-hit India - NDTV
India staring at a drought, thanks to a delayed and weak monsoon. The crops hardest hit by drought are rice, sugar and soyabean. Trade sources said that India's sugar stocks on July 31 were 60 per cent lower than a year ago. It is a bigger year-on-year decline than the 54 per cent drop a month ago.
See also: Drought affect swells as half of monsoon is over - New Kerala

13th August 2009
Will 'Energy Crops' Become the Next Kudzu? - New York Times
U.S. policies are subsidizing new energy crops that are likely to spread off the farm and wreak economic and ecological havoc...

13th August 2009
Sugar Jumps to 28-Year High in N.Y. as Weather Curbs Cane Crops - Bloomberg
Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Sugar jumped to a 28-year high in New York as low monsoon rainfall in India threatens to damage cane crops and excess precipitation curbed output in Brazil, prolonging a global production deficit.

7th August 2009
Fertile Crescent 'will disappear this century'
Diverting water from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to supply agriculture, alongside a warming climate, means the once-bountiful region is becoming desert

30th July 2009
Spain grain crops hit by fires, concern in Greece - Forexyard
Spain grain crops hit by fires, concern in GreeceForexyardMADRID, July 27 (Reuters) - A heatwave stoking forest fires in Spain has done considerable damage to the import-needy country's wheat and ...and more

30th July 2009
Britain 'must grow more crops' to avoid global food crisis
Britain must not bury its head in the sand over food supplies, warns the environment, food and rural affairs committeeBritain should grow far more fruit, vegetables and cereals to help feed the extra 2.7 billion people there may be in the world within 40 years, said a powerful committee of MPs in a report published today.Michael Jack, who chairs the environment, food and rural affairs (Efra) committee, said: "If people go hungry then political stability goes out of the window. This is a key lesson that government must learn from last year's global food price rises when some countries ran short of food.

21st July 2009
Food products should carry 'water footprint' information, says report
The hidden amounts of water used in manufacturing food and drink products should be made known to customers, according to lobby groupsFood and drink products should carry a new label to give consumers more information about their "water footprint" the hidden amount of water used in the manufacturing process two health and food lobby groups will recommend this week. More transparency is needed about the huge volumes of water used to produce food, which most consumers are unaware of, said the joint report by the Food Ethics Council (FEC) and the health and food group Sustain.It is calling for the proposed new label to reflect good practice, by taking into account the extent to which some companies and manufacturers are already working to use water in ways that are fair and environmentally sustainable.Water scarcity is now a fast-growing sustainability problem across the world, the ...

21st July 2009
Climate change threatens more hunger
Zero point eight of a degree of warming may not seem like that much. This is how much average temperatures have risen over the past two centuries as a result of carbon pollution.

19th July 2009
Grains and how we get them - Energy Bulletin
This post talks about a seldom-mentioned aspect of local sustainable food production: how do we get our carbs? Local and urban fruit and veg production is all very well and needs to be encouraged, but as East Anglia Food Link Coordinator Tully Wakeman says, "...fruit and veg supplies only about 10% of our calories". How and where our grains are grown, and how they can be sustainably transported and processed form the crux of this issue.

13th July 2009
Rethinking food production for a world of 8 billion - Grist
While hunger has been disappearing in China, it has been spreading throughout much of the developing world, notably sub-Saharan Africa and parts of the Indian subcontinent.

7th July 2009
Millions face climate-related hunger as seasons shift - AlertNet
The impact of climate change in poor countries is leading to a shift in seasons that is destroying harvests and causing widespread hunger according to a new report launched today by international agency, Oxfam. The report comes as the UK faces its biggest heat wave in three years and warns that people living in poor countries, particularly outdoor workers and agricultural laborers, are experiencing dramatic losses to their livelihoods and severe impacts to their health as temperatures rise across the globe. The report "Suffering the Science - Climate Change, People and Poverty", is being published ahead of the G8 Summit in Italy, where climate change and food security are high on the agenda. Oxfam hopes that the bulk of human evidence presented in the report will push leaders to deliver a fair and safe climate deal before the end of the year, with emissions cuts of at least 40 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020 and $150 billion per year to fund emissions reduction and adaptation in the developing world.

6th July 2009
Cocoa Crops in Indonesia, Ecuador May Face Damage, Fortis Says - Bloomberg
July 3 (Bloomberg) -- Cocoa crops in Indonesia and Ecuador may be hurt by an El Nino weather pattern predicted to begin as soon as coming weeks, BNP Paribas Fortis said.

5th July 2009
Drought kills 2.1 million hectares of grain crops in Russia in 2009 - KYIV Pos t
The Samara region alone accounts for a quarter of the crops destroyed by drought this year. More than 2.1 million hectares of grain have been destroyed by drought this year in Russia, Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik said at a meeting on agricultural issues in the Krasnodar territory on Friday.

5th July 2009
Fears for the world's poor countries as the rich grab land to grow food - Guardian
UN sounds warning after 30m hectares bought up G8 leaders to discuss 'neo-colonialism'. The acquisition of farmland from the world's poor by rich countries and international corporations is accelerating at an alarming rate, with an area half the size of Europe's farmland targeted in the last six months, reports from UN officials and agriculture experts say.New reports from the UN and analysts in India, Washington and London estimate that at least 30m hectares is being acquired to grow food for countries such as China and the Gulf states who cannot produce enough for their populations. According to the UN, the trend is accelerating and could severely impair the ability of poor countries to feed themselves.Today it emerged that world leaders are to discuss what is being described as "land grabbing" or "neo-colonialism" at the G8 meeting next week.

5th July 2009
Canada May Sell Wheat to Brazil After Drought in Argentina - Bloomberg
June 30 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian wheat farmers may gain from a drought in Argentina, the fourth-largest exporter of the grain last year, by shipping to Latin American nations such as Brazil, Canadian Wheat Board Chief Executive Officer Ian White said.

1st July 2009
Argentina May Cease Wheat Exports for First Time on Drought - Bloomberg
June 29 (Bloomberg) -- Argentina, the world s fourth largest wheat exporter last year, may withdraw from world markets for the first time in at least a century as drought reduces plantings.

30th June 2009
Crops face toxic timebomb in warmer world: study - Reuters
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Staples such as cassava on which millions of people depend become more toxic and produce much smaller yields in a world with higher carbon dioxide levels and more drought, Australian scientists say.

30th June 2009
Extinction risk to plant biodiversity may occur at lower levels of CO2 than previously considered - PhysOrg
( -- Scientists have traced a sudden collapse in plant biodiversity in ancient Greenland, some 200 million years ago, to a relatively small rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide which caused a rise in the Earth`s temperature.

30th June 2009
Tea prices tipped to hit a record high after drought - Daily Mail
Tea prices tipped to hit a record high after drought

28th June 2009
Q&A: Water Scarcity Threatens Half the Planet - IPS
ROME, Jun 25 (Tierramerica) - If the world's governments fail to reach an immediate agreement on how to manage water resources by 2030, half the planet's population will not have enough water to survive, scientist Jonathan Baillie told Tierramerica.

26th June 2009
The oil intensity of food - Grist
Today we are an oil-based civilization, one that is totally dependent on a resource whose production will soon be falling. This prospect of peaking oil production has direct consequences for world food security, as modern agriculture depends heavily on the use of fossil fuels.

26th June 2009
Mexico's gamble - BBC News
Can Mexico have a green energy policy and feed its poor?

26th June 2009
India monsoon rain 'below normal' - BBC
Indian officials say that monsoon rains in the country are likely to be "below normal" leading to fears about crop failure and higher food prices.

25th June 2009
Is eating soya causing damage to the planet? - Guardian
Growing soybeans has serious eco consequences - but they're not what you may think. Time to spill the beans, says Lucy SiegleA number of upset vegetarians and vegans have been in touch to say they've been accused by acquaintances of causing planetary damage through their tofu and soya-milk consumption, given that soya production has become synonymous with deforestation. The first thing I should do is to explain that although Europe imports 39m tonnes of soya a year (imagine it contained in 15 miles' worth of lorries bumper to bumper), 90% is destined for animal feed. It's beef rather than veggie burgers that ate all the soybean.

23rd June 2009
Warming could cut rice production by 75 percent - The Manila Times
RICE production will decline by as much as 75 percent in the Philippines if it is not quick enough to adapt to and put in place safeguards against climate change.The decline starts in 2020, according to a study made by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and released this week during a high level regional meeting on the impact of climate change in Asia and the Pacific.

20th June 2009
African farms becoming too hot to handle - New Scientist
Climate change means farmers will soon face growing seasons hotter than any in their experience and must urgently seek viable alternative crops for the future
See also: African food security threatened - The Times
AFRICA: What will we eat in the future? - Reuters AlertNet

18th June 2009
The Food Crisis And The Global Scramble For Farmlands - CounterCurrents
By Sam Urquhart Governments - concerned about future food security - have been furiously signing deals with other governments across the world. Saudi Arabia has tied up 25,000 ha in Sudan to grow corn, soy and wheat, with Jordan and Syria inking similar deals. China has reportedly signed numerous deals, as in Laos , where a state rubber company has acquired 160,000 ha, and Mozambique , where 10,000 settlers are reportedly set to assist in the conversion of thousands of hectares to export crop production. Even tiny Mauritius has agreed a deal with Mozambique to farm 5,000 ha of land in a country where over 50 percent of the people live on less than a dollar a day

18th June 2009
Drought fears on the Prairies prompt call for disaster plan -
Canada:  Pressure is mounting on the federal government to come up with some kind of disaster plan in preparation for what some are warning could be a devastating drought in Western Canada.
See also: Alberta county declares 'state of agricultural disaster' over drought -

18th June 2009
Rising acidity levels could trigger shellfish revenue declines, job losses - PhysOrg
hanges in ocean chemistry -- a consequence of increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from human industrial activity - could cause U.S. shellfish revenues to drop significantly in the next 50 years, according to a new study by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

18th June 2009
Thirsty crops - BBC
How will drier summers affect UK farms?

18th June 2009
Food & agriculture - Energy Bulletin
Advanced Worm Composting
Agriculture Offsets -- a Savior or a Boondoggle?
Reality Report: Michael Bomford Interview: Do We Need Fossil Fuels to Feed Ourselves?
Crop to Cuisine: Food & Wine Magazine Celebrates Sustainable Food in Aspen

18th June 2009
India Tea Output to Drop on Drought-Like Weather, Board Says - Bloomberg
June 18 (Bloomberg) -- Tea production in India, the world s largest grower, may decline at least 5 percent this year after dry weather damaged crops in the nation s main growing region, likely boosting global prices.

18th June 2009
Abrupt Global Warming Could Shift Monsoon Patterns, Hurt Agriculture - Science Daily
At times in the distant past, an abrupt change in climate has been associated with a shift of seasonal monsoons to the south, a new study concludes, causing more rain to fall over the oceans than in the Earth's tropical regions, and leading to a dramatic drop in global vegetation growth.

12th June 2009
When it comes to food, we’re all in this together - Grist
Teenagers and nations like to declare independence. But for a long time now, humans have relied on a broad, global, and utterly interdependent genetic and cultural basis for food production.

12th June 2009
Indian farmers to insure themselves against climate change crop failure - Guardian
For more than half a million farmers in rural India the age old fear of crops failing due to bad weather could soon be banished, thanks to an innovative insurance scheme that UN negotiators gathering in Bonn this week are considering as a central component of climate change adaptation measures in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Following a successful trial last month, MicroEnsure, a company specialising in providing insurance to poor communities, plans to launch a scheme next year for up to 600,000 farmers in India's Kolhapur province allowing them to insure against their rice crops failing due to drought or heavy rains during the plants' flowering period.

8th June 2009
California's Water Woes Threaten the Entire Country's Food Supply - Alternet
Nearly a third of the country's food supply comes from California, but drought there may be a catastrophe for farmers -- and the rest of us.

6th June 2009
Managing World Water - Foreign Policy In Focus
With climate change deepening the water crisis, wonky discussions of how to manage our water systems are suddenly attracting increased public attention. "Unlike oil, there's no substitute for fresh water," says Maude Barlow, senior advisor on water to the president of the United Nations General Assembly. "We all need it."

6th June 2009
Wars over water? -
According to reports and studies, the scarcity of water in regions like the Middle East is reaching crisis proportions, and some analysts have even warned that full-scale wars could erupt over fresh water resources. A similar scenario is being predicted for the Indian subcontinent, whose main river systems are fed by the Himalayan glacial system. This glacial system is extremely important not only because of the water it supplies to the rivers, but also because it acts as a reflecting mirror which in turn guards against the planet overheating. In fact, some have even termed it the “third pole”.

5th June 2009
The 'end of the line' for world's oceans - Aberdeen Press and Journal
OVER-FISHING of the world’s oceans ranks beside climate change as one of the biggest problems facing humans this century. The warning came from journalist Charles Clover, before the launch of his film on fishing, The End of the Line.
See also:
A place at the table?
These are not the mariners of old but pirates who make bureaucrats blanch
What we do to the oceans we do to ourselves - Georgia Straight

3rd June 2009
Year of the hungry: 1000000000 afflicted - ZNet
The worst is yet to come, taking the number of hungry beyond the one billion mark. As food prices fall, the FAO is reporting signs that farmers in Europe and North America are reducing their plantings for next year's harvest - and the same thing is likely to happen in the Third World as the lack of credit stops its farmers from being able to buy the food and agricultural chemicals they need. So next year's harvest, it is feared, will be smaller, even if the weather remains good. The run of good seasons is unlikely to continue for long, even in the short run. And in the medium to long term, climate change is expected to make harvests dramatically worse. Mr Diouf predicts that, if the world fails to take urgent action to keep global warming beneath 2C, the emerging international target, "the global food production potential can be expected to contract severely" - with harvests dropping by up to 40 per cent in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

3rd June 2009
Climate change models find staple crops face ruin on up to one million square Km of African farmland - EurekAlert!
A new study by researchers from the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute and the United Kingdom's Waen Associates has found that by 2050, hotter conditions, coupled with shifting rainfall patterns, could make anywhere from 500,000 to one million square kilometers of marginal African farmland no longer able to support even a subsistence level of food crops.
[Possibly biased solution - research sponsored by the International Livestock Research Institute]

3rd June 2009
Drought in Northeastern China May Worsen, Weather Bureau Says - Bloomberg
June 1 (Bloomberg) -- A drought in northeastern China, the nation s top soybean-producing region, may worsen this month, the weather office said. Parts of the Inner Mongolian region and Heilongjiang province had the lowest May rainfall since 1951, and hot, dry weather forecast for June may worsen conditions for farmers, the National Meteorological Center said in a statement on its Web site today.

1st June 2009
'Winter drought affects food production' - Nepalnews. com
A joint assessment by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has revealed that winter drought has led to a severe drop in crop production in Nepal, placing more than two million people at high risk of food insecurity.

28th May 2009
ENVIRONMENT: Extraordinary Abundance of Life in Oceans Past - IPS
UXBRIDGE, Canada, May 26 (IPS) - Imagine large pods of mighty blue whales and orcas darkening the waters off Cornwall, England, while closer to shore blue sharks and thresher sharks chase herds of harbour porpoise and dolphins.
See also: The critical role of ocean history in the ocean future

27th May 2009
Filmmaker warns of 'world without fish' - Ballard News Tribune
Filmmaker warns of 'world without fish'Ballard News Tribune, WAHe said ocean acidification has been overpowered by the concern over global warming and climate change, and scientists are only recently starting to look at it. Huseby himself became aware of and concerned by ocean acidification while reading a 2006 ...

19th May 2009
Farmers hit by changing rainfall patterns - Reuters AlertNet
PHILIPPINES: Climate change is taking its toll on farming in the Philippines, with more than US$27 million damage done to crops and livestock by typhoons Kujira and Chan-hom. The heavy rains unleashed by the two back-to back-typhoons earlier this month are generally not expected until June. However, according to specialists, climate change will disrupt the planting calendar, affecting the quality of crops and ultimately the economy.
"Right now, our mongo should be flowering. It is our big source of additional income after the rice crops are harvested [in April]. It never used to rain like this before. The rains are very unusual. Sad to say, other farmers who planted mongo cannot earn from them. They will die with so much water," Luciano told IRIN. "I have been farming for 20 years. I can feel the changing weather conditions. When it's cold, it's very cold. When it's hot, it's really hot," Luciano added.

See also: Starvation making a comeback? - Naples Daily News

18th May 2009
Seed bank 'saving' for the future - BBC Highlands
Journalist Tearlach Quinnell takes a look at a project aimed at collecting and storing seeds in case of future food shortages.

14th May 2009
Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization? - Alternet
Finally someone is listening to Lester Brown and his warnings of a collapse in our food supplies, as a new article reveals in Scientific American.

13th May 2009
'Coral triangle' a global emergency - ABC Online
Australian scientists are warning of the possibility of a future wave of economic refugees from south-east Asia and the Pacific if one of the world's most important marine ecosystems is devastated by climate change. It is the loss of food stocks that has scientists like Professor Hoegh-Guldberg most concerned. More than 150 million people, many already poor, live on the shores of the coral triangle, relying on its bounty for food. "By the end of the century under the worst case scenario we could see as much as 90 per cent of those food resources having eroded," he said. "You start to see that you are now destabilising human communities through the fact that there is just not enough food. So where do they go? We'll almost invariably see an increased level of pressure on Australia and New Zealand to provide the sort of intake that needs to alleviate these problems."

13th May 2009
Worst drought in decade deepens Somalia crisis: U.N. - Reuters
GENEVA (Reuters) - Somalia's worst drought in a decade is pushing growing numbers of children into near-famine conditions and deepening the humanitarian crisis caused by political violence, the United Nations warned Tuesday.

13th May 2009
Wild fruit trees face extinction - BBC
Exploitation is threatening the forests in central Asia, home to the fruit trees that could help secure our future food supply.
See also: Biodiversity is the spark of life - BBC News

8th May 2009
Shrimp tuned to ocean temperature - BBC
Sensitive shrimp stocks could plummet if the north Atlantic ocean warms up as predicted, say researchers.

8th May 2009
Fertilisers 'reducing diversity'
Excess fertilisation reduces plant diversity, as fast growing species block some plants' access to sunlight, a study shows.

2nd May 2009
Climate change to cut rice output–ADB -
MANILA, Philippines—Rice production in the country is forecast to fall by three-fourths from current levels in 10 years if nothing is done to mitigate and adapt to climate change, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday. Zhuang Juzhong, the ADB assistant chief economist, said rice production could fall from 50 to 70 percent by 2020. He said this decline could continue until the end of this century, “if there is a business-as-usual attitude toward climate change.”

29th April 2009
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Climate Change to Shrink Agricultural Production by Half
DURBAN, Apr 21 (IPS) - Environmental researchers predict Southern Africa will be hit heavily by climate change over the next 70 years. Agricultural production is projected to be halved - a development that will threaten the livelihoods of farmers in a region where 70 percent of the population are smallholder farmers.

22nd April 2009
PERU: Water Isn't for Everyone - IPS
LIMA, Apr 18 (IPS/IFEJ) - The melting of glaciers resulting from climate change and the lack of adequate water management policies seem to be the main causes behind the water shortages that are fuelling conflicts in Peru.

18th April 2009
When Britain's taps run dry -
They could soon be packing up and shipping out of Adelaide. Three years of intense drought on the River Murray, which fills the city's taps, mean the capital of South Australia could run out of water within two years.

18th April 2009
Stopping climate change - and starvation - San Luis Obispo Tribune
Examining 23 global climate models, two leading U.S. climatologists recently determined that there's more than a 90 percent chance that by the end of the century, the average growing season temperatures in the tropics and subtropics will "exceed the most extreme seasonal temperatures recorded from 1900 to 2006." In other words, by 2100 the sweltering heat seen during the summer of 2003 could become a common occurrence - potentially causing food and water shortages for up to half of the world's population.

17th April 2009
Water Fight - TIME
Asias population is expected to grow by nearly 500 million people over the next 10 years — combined with climate change will likely mean that far more Asians will be tapping shrinking sources of water. Water wouldn't be a sole trigger for war but rather a "threat multiplier" — a factor that worsens the social instability that can lead to conflict.

17th April 2009
Cattle, not soy, drives Amazon deforestation - Reuters
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Cattle ranchers are far bigger culprits in Amazon deforestation than soy farmers, a study showed on Tuesday, as the environmental record of Brazil's commodity exporters comes under increasing international scrutiny.

16th April 2009
Government programs paying farms to grow water-thirsty crops - The Durango Herald
FRESNO, Calif. - As drought forces families in the West to shorten their showers and let their lawns turn brown, two Depression-era government programs have been paying some of the nation's biggest farms hundreds of millions of dollars to grow water-thirsty crops in what was once desert.

16th April 2009
Changing climate will lead to devastating loss of phosphorus from soil - PhysOrg
Crop growth, drinking water and recreational water sports could all be adversely affected if predicted changes in rainfall patterns over the coming years prove true, according to research published this month in Biology and Fertility of Soils.

16th April 2009
Could Bangladesh Become Another Somalia - Media For Freedom
One of the very critical effects of climate change is likely to be its impact on the world’s food supply. Scientists are predicting that world harvests will drop 20 to 40 per cent by the end of this century as a result of global warming. So the most crucial issue is: if in the current environment Bangladesh can’t meet its food requirements, how will it tackle the anticipated massive food shortage that would be created by its increases of population and the loss of farmland when world food supply goes down further?

16th April 2009
Arctic food is poisoned as ice melts - New Scientist
Mercury levels in seals and beluga whales eaten by the Inuit are reaching unsafe levels – and the problem is likely to get worse

16th April 2009
Dry Taps in Mexico City: A Water Crisis Gets Worse - Time Magazine
Faced with a collapsing delivery system and the likely effects of global warming, the hemisphere's largest city turns off the tap to try to save water

11th April 2009
G8 Document On World Hunger Warns Of Global Instability - CounterCurrents
By Hiram Lee A document prepared by the Group of Eight, or G8, countries for its inaugural summit of agricultural ministers entitled The Global Challenge: To Reduce Food Emergency was leaked to the press this week, revealing the G8s concerns of global instability arising from a worldwide food crisis

11th April 2009
Global Warming Will Cost American Corn Growers Billions -
Report: Global warming could cost American corn growers $1.4 billion a year, according to a new report by Environment America that is contrary to conventional wisdom that global warming will be good for U.S. agriculture.

11th April 2009
Big Ag: give us carbon credit, but don't cap our emissions- Grist
As Congress gears up to consider climate legislation, agribusiness is getting sweaty palms-and for good reason.

10th April 2009
Want to save the planet? Tuck in to some jellyfish and chips, squid sausages and algae burgers - Independent
In a recently published census of marine life, Canadian scientists predicted that, if the rate of collapse of fish species continues, none of the fish we now pile on our plates will be around in 2050. Which begs the question, what will we eat? Causes include pollution – more than 30 per cent of our estuaries and 15 per cent of coastal waters are at risk from nutrients, pesticides and heavy metals – and climate change. But perhaps the biggest culprit is overfishing.

9th April 2009
Big Lunch puts the food we eat back high up the environmental menu - Guardian
Our dependence on energy and food from overseas makes us vulnerable to political and climatic aggressionIn just three short years, the environment has returned to the front pages with a vengeance, even if the G20 managed to relegate it to the end of their communique.Near the top of the environmental agenda is food and its production. Whether it be at the macro level of food security or the micro, or the way in which we grow it or the health benefits of growing your own, today's focus on food is, for me, qualitatively different to previous lifestyle magazine exhortations to "grow our own".

7th April 2009
World's poor face malnutrition threat - Guardian Unlimited
Poor harvests, drought and rising food prices could have serious health implications for people living in developing countries Hellen Apale knows how important it is that her children get a good diet. She knows that at eight months pregnant, she needs to be eating well and eating regularly for the health of her unborn baby. The problem is she has no food. "We had a really bad harvest, there was ...

3rd April 2009
Report presents new research on climate change effects in California - UC Newsroom
Scripps contribute to assessment concluding that loss of ag land, increased wildfire risk among potential outcomes.

2nd April 2009
Climate change fears for deadly virus outbreaks in livestock - PhysOrg
Global warming could have chilling consequences for European livestock, warned Professor Peter Mertens from the Institute for Animal Health, at this week's meeting of the Society for General Microbiology in Harrogate.

1st April 2009
Plant Growth Discovery to Impact Crop Production as Climate Change ... - AZoCleantech
Dr Kerry Franklin, from the University of Leicester Department of Biology led the study which has identified a single gene responsible for controlling plant growth responses to elevated temperature. Dr Franklin said: "Exposure of plants to high temperature results in the rapid elongation of stems and a dramatic upwards elevation of leaves". "These responses are accompanied by a significant reduction in plant biomass, thereby severely reducing harvest yield."S

1st April 2009
Drought hits sugar output - Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news
Thailand may produce at least 3.8% less sugar this year because of drought has cut cane output, a government official said on Monday.

31st March 2009
Europe warned about looming food import surge - EUActiv
Former EU Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler last week called on Europe to significantly contribute to world food security by fulfilling its "production potential", as the continent moves from being a net exporter of foodstuffs to become a net importer.

25th March 2009
Nigeria: 'Fishermen Use Chemicals to Catch Fish Out of Desperation' -
Nigeria: Dr M.I. Ahmed explains how global warming has forced some fishermen to use organophosphorus chemicals to catch fish and the implications of eating this fish by man.

23rd March 2009
Second Year Of Drought Devastates Iraqi Agriculture - Payvand Iran News
A prolonged drought has hit the region extending from Turkey to Afghanistan, and farmers in many areas are losing hope that it will ever end. For two years, the fields of Iraq have been covered in dust, which is whipped up into dust storms on windy days. -Charles Recknagel, RFE

22nd March 2009
High and dry on the California farm - Reuters
At lunchtime in California's San Joaquin Valley, farmers meet up at Jack's Prime Time Restaurant, where they can get a good, honest meal … just what one expects from an establishment smack dab in the middle of the most productive farming region in the world. But the mood at Jack's is decidely somber. A few days earlier, the farmers in these parts were told not to expect any federally supplied water this year due to a third year of drought and low levels in the reservoirs.  Without water, they can't plant their lettuce and tomatoes, and they may lose parts of their precious almond and pistachio orchards.

14th March 2009
Climate change affecting agriculture in Karachi - The News International
Researchers from the University of Karachi (KU) Department of Geography have discovered the relationship between climate change and increase in the incidence of diseases, and the decrease in agricultural products in and around Karachi.

13th March 2009
Salt surge puts crops in peril - The National
KHAJURA, BANGLADESH // In this obscure village perched on the rugged coastline along the Bay of Bengal, climate change exudes a taste – the taste of salt. As recently as five years ago, water from the village well tasted sweet to Mohammed Jehangir. But now a glassful, flecked with tiny white crystals, tastes of brine. Like other paddy farmers in this southern village, Mr Jehangir is baffled by the change. But international scientists are not surprised as global warming causes sea levels to rise.

11th March 2009
Wheat Gains as Drought Persists in U.S. Southern Great Plains - Bloomberg
March 10 (Bloomberg) -- Wheat rose for the second time in three sessions on signs that a prolonged drought in the southern Great Plains is damaging winter crops in the U.S., the world's largest exporter of the grain.

11th March 2009
Have we reached peak water? -
We all know about peak oil, but peak water? Water expert Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute poses the possibility that, despite the vast amounts of water on "Planet Ocean," we may be running out of sustainably managed water.

11th March 2009
Cities in U.S. Southwest face thirsty times
The fast-growing U.S. Southwest has a problem: too many people, not enough water. But then, what do you expect when you build cities like Las Vegas in the middle of a desert? My colleagues Tim Gaynor and Steve Gorman have done a story on this, looking at the water woes of Los Angeles and Las Vegas. You can see their report here and other stories from our water package here. Tim joined the “water warriors” of Las Vegas, city investigators who enforce restrictions on usage; Steve looked at the dire situation in Los Angeles, America's second largest city.

11th March 2009
China to plough extra 20% into agricultural production on fear that climate change will spark food crisis - Guardian
China will increase spending on agricultural production by 20% this year amid warnings that climate change could spark a future food crisis . Prime minister Wen Jiabao's announcement of an extra 121 billion yuan (£13bn) to boost farm yields and raise rural incomes was a central part of his annual budget speech at the Great Hall of the People.

8th March 2009
Global fisheries must brace themselves for climate change - UN News Centre
The fishing industry and government authorities must plan ahead to deal with the impact of climate change on fisheries worldwide, according to a new United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report. Responsible practices must be put into place more widely and management plans should include strategies for dealing with global warming, according to the FAO publication, entitled “The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” (SOFIA). Communities that rely heavily on fishing for their income will face serious challenges if fewer fish are available, with developing countries earning almost $25 billion annually in fish exports. The report estimated that more than 500 million people worldwide depend on the fishing sector.

3rd March 2009
The criminalization of seed banking: hidden inside Monsanto "food safety" bills - OpEdNews
The We are facing a catastrophe to the environment, to farming, to food, to health, if the bogus "food safety bills" currently in Congress go through.  International corporations are intentionally destroying small farmers around the world and aggressively pursuing the take over of food worldwide with what will be devastating impact on the environment and climate change .  

2nd March 2009
Texas is bone-dry; drought covers 97 percent of state - CBS 42 Austin
Drought conditions in Texas are keeping farmers from planting crops, forcing cattle producers to cull their herds and drying up lakes across the state.

2nd March 2009
China wheat harvest withers in drought - International Herald Tribune
The latest drought is crippling not only the country's best wheat farmland but also the wells that provide clean water to industry and to millions of people.

25th February 2009
Parched Pampas - BBC News
A deflated bag of bones, the carcass of a bull, lies dried out on the banks of a river, baked by the sun. Normally green, the prime pastureland around lies silent and dry.

23rd February 2009
US Cash Grain Outlook: Export Basis Mkt Undergoing Sea-Change - INO News
CENTRAL CITY, Neb. (Dow Jones)--The tide has apparently turned in the U.S. grain export market, with export basis trends for most commodities showing a sharp shift recently. Bids offered for spot shipments of interior wheat to various ports in the Gulf/Pacific Northwest jumped as much as 20 cents a bushel Friday alone, after it was revealed that China had made an unusual purchase of U.S. wheat, totaling nearly 11 million bushels.

23rd February 2009
SYRIA: Drought blamed for food scarcity - AlertNet
Source: IRIN Two years of drought has left many farmers and herders without an income and has severely limited cereal production in Syria, pushing up local food prices and putting pressure on basic food supplies, according to UN and Syrian government officials.

23rd February 2009
California farms lose main water source to drought - Reuters
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's main source of irrigation water is expected to go dry this year for most of its growers due to drought, idling at least 60,000 workers and up to 1 million acres of farmland, federal officials and experts said on Friday.

21st February 2009
Brazil climate change threatens top coffee crop - The State
BRASILIA, Brazil -- The future for Brazil's mighty farm sector could be grim, with hotter temperatures pushing crops past its borders, uphill into the Andes and toward the tip of South America. So Brazilian scientists and agronomists are rushing to deter the effects of climate change on the world's biggest coffee producer and second-ranking soybean grower, a country crucial to the international food supply.

20th February 2009
DEVELOPMENT: U.N. Seeks a Green Revolution in Food - IPS
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 18 (IPS) - The food crisis that spilled over from last year could take a turn for the worse in the next decade if there are no explicit answers to a rash of growing new problems, including declining agricultural production, a faltering distribution network and a deteriorating environment worldwide.
See also: ENVIRONMENT: Food Crisis Under the Spotlight

20th February 2009
Andean glaciers 'could disappear': World Bank - AFP
Andean glaciers and the region's permanently snow-covered peaks could disappear in 20 years if no measures are taken to tackle climate change, the World Bank warned Tuesday. A World Bank-published report said rising temperatures due to global warming could also have a dramatic impact on water management in the Andean region, with serious knock-on effects for agriculture and energy generation.

18th February 2009
Los Angeles nears water rationing - Reuters
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With a recent flurry of winter storms doing little to dampen California's latest drought, the nation's biggest public utility voted on Tuesday to impose water rationing in Los Angeles for the first time in nearly two decades.

18th February 2009
U.N. says food production may fall 25 percent by 2050 - Reuters
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Up to a quarter of global food production could be lost by 2050 due to the combined impact of climate change, land degradation and loss, water scarcity and species infestation, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

18th February 2009
Worst Argentine Drought Since '61 Cuts Soybean Crop: Week Ahead - Bloomberg
Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Argentina's soybean farmers are braced for another week of scorching temperatures that may extend crop losses from the country's worst drought since 1961.

18th February 2009
Days of dust: the impact of global drought
Water, the single most vital element for life on earth, is dwindling. From China to California, Australia and Kenya, global drought is having a huge effect

18th February 2009
Philippines' tuna production down - RedOrbit
Global climate change and world oil market trends are hurting tuna fishermen in the Philippines, experts say. In General Santos City, which is considered the country's "Tuna Capital," fishermen say their catches are decreasing because of global warming and oil price disturbances, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported Friday. Last year, the local tuna industry saw a slide of 22 percent in its production.

15th February 2009
Food & agriculture - Feb 13
Our culture of wasting food will one day leave us hungry
Catastrophic Fall in 2009 Global Food Production
The Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

15th February 2009
African fisheries hit hardest by climate change - New Scientist
The world's poor are increasingly relying on fish, but a combination of climate change and unsustainable fishing practices could wipe out this vital protein source

15th February 2009
DEVELOPMENT: Now for a Water Bankruptcy - IPS
BRUSSELS, Feb 13 (IPS) - Rarely a week goes by without a problem of water scarcity hitting the headlines. The acute droughts in Kenya, Argentina and the U.S. state of California are among the latest phenomena to illustrate that the global environment has been dangerously degraded. And participants in the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, heard that the planet could be destined towards "water bankruptcy".

15th February 2009
USDA: South American drought trims world soybean, corn production - Agriculture Online
It's been awfully dry in South American soybean and corn country. USDA on Tuesday confirmed the drought down south has taken a toll on the region's crops and, in turn, soybean and corn supplies in the world market.

11th February 2009
Drought threatens Chinese wheat crop - Guardian Unlimited
Low rainfall in the north has put nearly half of the country's harvest at risk.

11th February 2009
California farms, vineyards in peril from warming, U.S. energy secretary warns - LA Times
'We're looking at a scenario where there's no more agriculture in California,' Steven Chu says. He sees education as a means to combat threat.
See Also: Obama's energy secretary outlines dire climate change scenario - Guardian

5th February 2009
Food reform, meet climate change - Grist Magazine
The food and agriculture industries, aided and abetted by governments worldwide (not to mention by consumers), have succeeded in offloading just about all external costs involved with feeding us. Environmental issues, public health issues, natural resource utilization issues, even most economic issues related to food have all been socialized to the extent that the industry is almost totally isolated from the societal consequences of its actions. Until now, few have complained, as this system has led to ever lower food prices in the developed world and thriving export markets in the developing world. But the costs, which for 60 years or so seemed to have been pushed back beyond the horizon, are beginning to loom.

5th February 2009
China Says ‘Rarely Seen' Drought Hurts Winter Wheat - Bloomberg
Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- China, the world's largest grain grower, said a three-month drought has hurt nearly 46 percent of the winter wheat crop in its major growing provinces and may slow the planting of other crops in spring.

5th February 2009
India's wheat yield stagnant due to global warming: minister - Fresh News
India’s wheat production has stagnated in the last 10-15 years and scientists have told the government this is due to climate change, Minister of State for Power Jairam Ramesh said here Wednesday. “The scientists have told us that the mean and maximum temperatures in north India have gone up by 1-1.5 degrees Celsius in February, which is the crucial month for deciding how good the wheat yield will be,” Ramesh said.

5th February 2009
British author draws on disaster of human overconsumption during I-Week lecture - The Gateway Online
George Monbiot risked his life many times when traveling the world. During his journeys, he has been shot at, beaten by military police, and was once pronounced clinically dead. But for Wednesday’s International Week keynote speaker, the threats to the global food supply far outstrip the dangers he has faced. Speaking to the Myer Horowitz audience via video conference, the London-based author and environmental activist said that the way normal Westerners live their lives will kill people in unimaginable proportions.

5th February 2009
Drought relief effort under way - China Daily
Severe drought in northern China has affected about 9.67 million hectares of crops, 2.7 million hectares more than the same period last winter, according to the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

3rd February 2009
Drought warning as the tropics expand - New Scientist
Changes in the upper atmosphere link the greenhouse effect to the lack of rainfall on the US Pacific coast

3rd February 2009
Water 'crisis'? - BBC News
Will more people and climate change drink us all dry?

3rd February 2009
High CO2 levels can hurt soybean plants - UPI
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. biologists have discovered high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels negatively affect a soybean plant's defenses against leaf-eating insects.

3rd February 2009
Soybeans Rise as Drought May Reduce Production in Argentina - Bloomberg Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Soybean prices rose on speculation that dry weather will damage crops in Argentina, the world's biggest exporter of vegetable oil and animal feed made from the commodity. 1st February 2009 Wheat Gains on Speculation Argentine Drought Will Crimp Supply - Bloomberg Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Wheat rose for a third session on speculation drought in Argentina, the fourth-biggest exporter last year, will crimp global supply and boost demand for U.S. supply. 27th January 2009 Food warning - BBC The UN meets to debate rising food prices. Although prices have fallen from the highs recorded during the unprecedented spike at the beginning of 2008, they have not fallen back to where they had been before the crisis began. And many of the factors that contributed to the rise then are still driving prices up. These include competition with biofuels for scarce land, worsening agricultural productivity, the increasing proportion of people living in cities, and the effects of climate change threatening harvests. 26th January 2009
Dutch Sea Kale Grown in Salty Soil Offers Peek at Food Future - Bloomberg
Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- At Jef Schuur's restaurant on the Dutch resort island of Texel , guests dig in with gusto to an unusual vegetable grown in the salty soil next to the North Sea.

5th December 2008
Climate change hits Pacific region food security: FAO - Reuters
MILAN (Reuters) - Ocean warming, frequent tropical cyclones, floods and droughts are likely to have a devastating impact on food security in Pacific island countries, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization said on Tuesday.

3rd December 2008
ETHIOPIA: Kahsay Beyen: "This is the worst drought I have seen in my life" - AlertNet
Kahsay Beyen, 63, a farmer in Afenjiwo village, Ruba Feleg peasant association in Atsbi Womberta woreda in the eastern zone of Tigray, lost all the crops he had planted in May. He spoke to IRIN on 23 November: "I had planted wheat, beans and linseed but, as you can see, I am not expecting any harvest because the drought has been severe. "In 2007, I harvested only three quintals [300kg] of the crops instead of the usual four; this year I am not expecting even one.

27th November 2008
Warm winter 'major threat' to crops - China Daily
Prolonged periods of drought resulting from China's 23rd consecutive "warm winter" will pose a serious threat to the country's crop yields, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said in a report published Tuesday.

26th November 2008
Locusts poised to destroy Australia's crops - Independent
Australia: After the worst drought in a century, farmers face threat of insect swarms up to four miles long and more than 500 feet wide

23rd November 2008
Newspapers neglect food impact on climate - Earth & Sky
In recent years, scientists have estimated that agricultural activities – including livestock production and clearing land for farming – contribute 30 percent of the greenhouse gases now warming our planet. But a new study shows that you wouldn’t know it from reading the newspapers.
Out of 4,582 climate change articles, we found that only 109 even mentioned food and agriculture contributions to climate change. That’s 2.4 percent.

7th November 2008
Drought land 'will be abandoned' - Guardian Unlimited
Parts of the world may have to be abandoned because severe water shortages will leave them uninhabitable, the United Nations environment chief has warned. Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environment Programme, said water shortages caused by over-use of rivers and aquifers were already leading to serious problems, even in rich nations. With climate change expected to reduce rainfall in some places and cause droughts in others, some regions could become 'economic deserts', unviable for people or agriculture, he said.

4th November 2008
Grain News -
Plenty of media reports have been devoted to the subject of global climate change, but farmers and ranchers may still be wondering what the change means for how theýll grow the food supply in coming years.

2nd November 2008
Hunger hotspots of the future revealed - New Scientist
A comprehensive new study combines climate models with population and economic predictions to warn where food security will be worst in Africa of 2030

30th October 2008
Heat stress rather than drought will hit yields in the future - FMI
Breeding for drought tolerance or heat stress was under the spotlight at a Rothamsted Research/HGCA workshop. Mike Abram reports

29th October 2008
Soil health 'threatens farming' - BBC
The health and fertility of soil in parts of England may threaten its capacity for food production in future, a new report warns.

24th October 2008
Water documentary flows with dread - Jam! Showbiz
Wars fought around the world for oil may soon be replaced by those fought for water.

17th October 2008
Feeding billions - BBC News
World wakes up to the global food challenge
See also: Global cost - BBC News

16th October 2008
Global Warming – Impact Of Climate Change On Global Agriculture -
Our efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, urgent as they are, will have little effect over the next 50 years. Changes during this period have already been set in motion by past greenhouse gas emissions.

14th October 2008
Bleak warning that UK fish face extinction - Guardian Unlimited
Severe overfishing biggest environmental threat facing Britain today, says Marine Conservation Society

14th October 2008
Dear Mr. Next President -- Food, Food, Food
We must move into the post-oil era to improve the health of the American people and to mitigate climate change.
See also: Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming - Energy Bulletin

14th October 2008
Grim Outlook for World Food - Asia Sentinel
Food scarcity and the challenges of climate change and bio energy

14th October 2008
Ethiopia: $265M needed for worsening drought - AP via Yahoo! News
An Ethiopian minister says his country urgently needs US$265 million to feed 6.4 million people affected by drought.

14th October 2008
World Food Scarcity and the Challenges of Climate Change and Bio Energy - The Seoul Times
The theme for this year's WFD is ‘World Food Scarcity : The Challenges Of Climate Change And Bio Energy' as there is a strong need to expand global awareness to reduce the effect of severe climate patterns on agriculture and the impact of bio fuels on food production.

13th October 2008
Food crises could swing future UK elections, says thinktank - Guardian Unlimited
UK food system unable to cope with rapid changes in supply driven by factors such as climate change

7th October 2008
Global warming set change eating - The Australian
A report to be released by the CSIRO today says changes in temperature, ocean currents, rainfall and extreme weather events could cost Australian fisheries tens of million of dollars. Hardest hit could be stocks of Tasmanian salmon, estimated to be worth $221million in 2005-06 and representing 30 per cent of the total national aquaculture production. The report says projected ocean warming of 2-3 degrees by 2070 could render salmon farming unviable, leaving open the possibility of salmon farmers having to shift their operations offshore to deeper, cooler waters.

6th October 2008
U.N. seeks $20 million for drought victims in Syria - Reuters
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations appealed on Friday for $20 million to help one million people in Syria cope with the country's worst drought in four decades.

4th October 2008
Oysters will fail the acid test - Goondiwindi Argus
Australia: SYDNEY oyster lovers are in for an unpalatable surprise. A global conference in Monaco next week on the rising acidity of the world's oceans will hear research that shows a detrimental effect on local oyster species.

4th October 2008
Heat destroys crops, farmers' hopes - Perth Now
RECORD temperatures across Victoria's north last weekend laid waste to the state's wheat crops, the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) says.

2nd October 2008
International trade in grain could be dramatically cut within 10-15 years: Dyer - The Truro Daily News
BIBLE HILL - Food could be in short supply worldwide as one of the impacts of global warming, a renowned columnist told an agriculture crowd here Tuesday.

2nd October 2008
Cyprus grape harvest squeezed by drought - AFP via Yahoo! News
In Cyprus, where the reservoirs are almost dry and the taps often cease to flow, another liquid may also become scarce. Parched by a chronic drought, the island's wine industry, among the oldest in the world, is under threat.

2nd October 2008
Will Cities Soon Be Able to Feed Themselves? - Alertnet
A growing interest in urban farming is sprouting all kinds of new ideas -- including growing food in high-rises.
See allso: A lack of food security is London's achilles heel - Guardian Unlimited

2nd October 2008
Meat must be rationed to four portions a week, says report on climate change - Guardian Unlimited
Return to old-fashioned cooking habits urged by study looking at food impact on greenhouse gases

30th September 2008
DEVELOPMENT: Food Security Hostage to Climate Trends - IPS
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 26 (IPS) - More than 50 African leaders meeting at the United Nations this week focused on strategies to overcome a myriad of interrelated problems -- food shortages, droughts, HIV/AIDS, an energy crisis, climate change and military conflicts -- on the troubled continent.

27th September 2008
Over 70pc of NSW now in drought - The West Australian
Drought conditions have worsened in NSW, with more than 70 per cent of the state now officially drought-declared. Figures released by the NSW Department of Primary Industries on Saturday show just 10
See also: New South Wales Grain Crops May Fail Without Rainfall This Week -

20th September 2008
Planet is running out of clean water, new film warns -
One sixth of the world's population does not have access to clean drinking water. More than 2 million people, most of them children, die each year from water-borne diseases.

20th September 2008
A New Boom in Natural Gas Threatens Drinking Water - Alternet
Water and chemicals injected at high pressure can extract more gas and may threaten drinking water in places like New York and Texas.

19th September 2008
Water shortage cripples Palestinian farming - Reuters
BARDALA, West Bank (Reuters) - In the plains around the village of Bardala, the Israeli-Palestinian tug-of-war over land and water plays itself out in vivid colour -- largely brown Palestinian farms border green fields owned by Jewish settlers.

18th September 2008
JORDAN: Drought may claim thousands of olive trees - AlertNet
Source: IRIN Persistent drought in the south could lead to the decimation of thousands of olive trees in the city of Karak, 120km south of Amman, according to environmentalists, who blame climate change.

17th September 2008
2008 Texas drought losses estimated at $1.4 billion - High Plains Journal
Lack of rain and scorching temperatures hit Texas' agricultural crops and beef operations hard late spring and summer, leading to an estimated $1.4 billion in drought losses, Texas AgriLife Extension Service economists reported Sept. 8.

15th September 2008
Edge of oblivion - BBC News
Actor Ted Danson says our seas are in a parlous state

15th September 2008
The great honey drought - The Independent
In 26 years of beekeeping, Ged Marshall has never seen anything as bad as the 2008 honey harvest. A miserable summer that has confined his bees to their hives following a winter bedevilled by deadly viruses means that production this year will be barely a third of its usual level of around five tonnes of honey. The dearth of honey this summer is due to a number of issues linked to changing climate and trends in agriculture which belie the bucolic image of beekeepers in protective masks harvesting dripping honey combs from their village gardens.

14th September 2008
Louisiana: Hurricane Damages Crops and Fisheries - New York Times
Hurricane Gustav caused an estimated $372 million in crop damage, dumping as many as 20 inches of rain, agriculture officials said. The storm also caused crawfish and catfish ponds to overflow, causing an estimated $46 million in damages to fisheries, according to estimates by the Louisiana State University AgCenter. Among hardest-hit crops were cotton, sweet potatoes, soybeans and sugar cane. More than 47 percent of the cotton crop is estimated to be destroyed, a $112 million loss in what was expected to be a $237 million crop.

11th September 2008
'Difficult harvest' - BBC News
How wet weather has ruined one farmer's crops

11th September 2008
Drought in Australia Food Bowl Worsens - Planet Ark
CANBERRA - Drought in Australia's main food growing region of the Murray-Darling river system has worsened, with water inflows over the past two years at an all-time low, the government's top water official said on Tuesday.
See also: In pictures: The drought in Benalla - BBC News

3rd September 2008
Experts: 'Global Warming Heat Stress' Threatening Nations - FOXNews
Climate change is likely to first hurt developing countries which could become almost too hot to successfully grow essential crops, international experts told a conference Wednesday.

3rd September 2008
'Big Dry' turns farms into deserts - BBC
There are puddles of water but they are brown-tinged and unwelcoming. The cows will not drink it. So high is the salt content that it stings and burns their mouths. "This area is on the very brink of environmental collapse".

31st August 2008
Food riots as Indian floods destroy 250000 homes - Swissinfo
PATNA, India (Reuters) - Food riots erupted on Wednesday in eastern India, where more than two million people have been forced from their homes and about 250,000 houses destroyed in what officials say are the worst floods in 50 years.
Some experts blame the floods on heavier monsoon rains caused by global warming, while others say authorities have failed to take enough preventive measures to improve infrastructure.

28th August 2008
Grande Prairie struggles with drought disaster - CBC Edmonton
The worst drought in decades has prompted local officials in northwest Alberta to declare an agricultural disaster as hot weather and a lack of rain have left dry, cracked fields and shriveled crops.

16th August 2008
It's not you, it's the sea: heat hurts shellfish relationships - Myall Coast Nota
OYSTERS, lobsters, mussels, sea urchins and abalone could be wiped off the menu by global warming, an Australian scientist warned yesterday. Jane Williamson, a Macquarie University marine ecologist, made the prediction after discovering that climate change is likely to take a dramatic toll on the ability of sperm from many marine creatures to swim to and fertilise eggs shed in the water. Even if sperm can find and fertilise the eggs, the probability of their surviving long enough to grow into larvae is likely to plunge.

15th August 2008
Fertliser crisis sparks civil unrest in developing countries with 500% price hikes - Guardian Unlimited
A global fertiliser crisis caused by high oil prices and the US rush to biofuel crops is reducing the harvests of the world's poorest farmers and could lead to millions more people going hungry, according to the UN and global food analysts

13th August 2008
Brazilian agriculture faces huge losses - France24
Global warming will cause heavy financial losses to Brazil's agricultural sector over the next decade, a government study said Monday. The losses will grow to five billion dollars by 2020 and 14 billion by 2070, according to the joint study by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Center and the University of Campinas.

12th August 2008
Calorie clever - BBC News
How using the true costs of food could help climate change

11th August 2008
Heavy rains batter North Korea, damage crops - AP via Yahoo! News
Heavy rains that battered North Korea in recent weeks have heavily damaged crops, state media said Monday, dealing a further blow to the impoverished country as it struggles to avert a food crisis.

5th August 2008
Eaten up - Guardian Unlimited
Ed Pilkington talks to the soothsayer of agro-economics, Raj Patel, about what will happen when the food finally runs out

30th July 2008
Australia food-bowl drought worsens, rains spare wheat - Khaleej Times
CANBERRA - The prolonged drought in Australia's Murray-Darling river system is worsening and the country's main food bowl may forever be changed by accelerating climate warming, government officials said on Thursday.

10th July 2008
Drought threatens Iraq's crops and water supply - AP via Yahoo! News
It's been a year of drought and sand storms across Iraq - a dry spell that has devastated the country's crucial wheat crop and created new worries about the safety of drinking water.

10th July 2008
South Australian Crops Need `Significant Rainfall,' Agency Says -
July 8 (Bloomberg) -- Grain crops in South Australia state, the nation's second-largest wheat grower last harvest, need significant rainfall to maintain growth after dry weather in June, a government agency said.

8th July 2008
Ruthless drought in West Timor puts children in crisis -
Maria's labored breath echoes within the walls of her family's mud hut. Her tiny bony hands open and close in slow claw-like motions.

8th July 2008
Now, global warming may spoil India's wheat party - Hindu
Amid record wheat output estimate, here comes the dampener the country's wheat production may fall by about half a ton per hectare in 10 years if suitable steps are not taken to tackle climate change, says a study. According to a current estimate, the average wheat production in the country stands at 2.6-2.7 ton per hectare. Agronomic impact of climate change is key to mitigate the grave risk of wheat production falling by 0.45 ton per hectare in case the winter temperature rises by a minimum of 0.5 degree celsius, according to the 'Wheat Report 2008: Future Tense', brought out jointly by Assocham and AgriWatch.

6th July 2008
Climate Change May Cut S. Africa Corn Crop Sharply - Planet Ark
SAPPORO, Japan - Climate change could cut South Africa's maize crop by 20 percent within 15 to 20 years as the west of the country dries out while the east is afflicted with increasingly severe storms, its environment minister said on Sunday.

6th July 2008
AP Interview: Food and global warming are interconnected - International Herald Tribune
AP Interview: The global food crisis will only worsen because of climate change, the U.N. climate chief said Friday, urging leaders of the world's richest countries meeting in Japan next week to set goals to reduce carbon emissions within the next dozen years.

5th July 2008
The trend is for vertical farming, but more kitchen gardens would produce better food - Guardian
Graham Harvey: Vertical farms may be the hot story, but a network of good old-fashioned kitchen gardens would produce better food

30th June 2008
Typhoon destroys crops worth more than half a billion pesos - GMA News
MANILA, Philippines - Tropical storm "Frank" has damaged more than half a billion pesos worth of crops, affecting expansion in agriculture, which comprise a fifth of the Philippine economy.

23rd June 2008
Wheat Rises as Australian Drought May Hurt Newly Planted Crop -
Australia may produce 8.8 percent less grain than estimated after the driest May on record, the country's Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, or Abare, said in an e- mail. Production in the year starting Oct. 1 may fall to 23.7 million metric tons, the agency said, down from a March estimate of 26 million tons.

18th June 2008
Corn Jumps to Record as Floods in Midwest Threaten U.S. Crops -
Corn climbed to a record near $8 a bushel as floods damaged crops in the U.S., the largest producer and exporter, threatening global food supplies.

17th June 2008
Drought pushes Iran to import wheat - Payvand Iran News
Iran has announced it will have to import many grains including wheat this year to combat a drought that has plagued the country.

13th June 2008
US oyster industry threatened by bacterium - Guardian Unlimited
US oyster industry threatened by, UK. "Is that a connection to global warming? That's the consensus. "

13th June 2008
Corn prices surge to record high - BBC
Corn prices have hit new highs after the US Department of Agriculture forecast that output would fall because of poor weather.

12th June 2008
Hungry monkeys plunder Indonesian crops -
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Bands of starving monkeys have destroyed crops around Indonesia's famous Borobudur Buddhist temple in search of food their habitat can no longer supply.

12th June 2008
Climate change blamed as mango harvest goes sour in India - FreshPlaza
The news will send a shiver through fruit aficionados the world over: India's mangoes, revered for millennia for their succulence, are becoming fewer and less sweet as changes in weather patterns affect harvests. Official estimates suggest that three million tonnes of mangoes have been wiped out by a severe winter in India so far this year and the unseasonable deluges that have swept key growing regions in recent days may weigh further on production.

11th June 2008
Biotech giants demand a high price for saving the planet - The Independent
Giant biotech companies are privatising the world's protection against climate change by filing hundreds of monopoly patents on genes that help crops resist it, a new investigation has concluded.

7th June 2008
US sits pretty in global food trade network - Scripps News
"When the professional fear mongers try to scare you with America's "oil addiction," remember this: if the world's got us over a barrel on energy, then we've got the world over a bread basket. Moreover, while global climate change will progressively diminish OPEC's importance as we're forced to improve transportation technologies, it'll only strengthen NAFTA's role as the world's preeminent food exporter."
[Some interesting statistics undermined by the convenient omission of America's reliance on fossiil fertilisers]

7th June 2008
Urban anger - BBC News
How the hungry have become a vocal force
See map showing impact of food price rises on trade balances

6th June 2008
Coasts under threat, fisheries vulnerable-UN study - Planet Ark
ROME - High food prices may add pressure for more fishing along coasts where the environment faces threats from pollution and climate change, a UN University report said on Wednesday.

6th June 2008
Food talks fail to agree on biofuels - Guardian Unlimited
World leaders leave unadopted a plan to ensure crops are not produced at expense of world's hungry

6th June 2008
Lidl stores ration sales of rice - BBC News
Supermarket chain Lidl has rationed rice sales in all its UK stores amid worldwide shortages of the food.

3rd June 2008
Unnatural roots of the food crisis - BBC News
As representatives of the world's governments gather to address shortages in major foodstuffs and rising prices, Gonzalo Oviedo counsels them to focus on ecosystems. The modern business-dominated agricultural industry, he argues, promotes the degradation of nature - and that, in turn, means less and worse food.
See also: Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World's Food System - AlterNet

3rd June 2008
Farmers face climate challenge in quest for more food -
If farmers think they have a tough time producing enough rice, wheat and other grain crops, global warming is going to present a whole new world of challenges in the race to produce more food, scientists say.

4th May 2008
UN chiefs hold food crisis summit - BBC News
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is due to announce details of new measures to tackle the global food crisis.
"In the long term we need to address the challenges caused by climate change," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

29th April 2008
Corn-fuel bill will worsen hunger, critics say - CNews
Canada: Food will be turned into fuel and people will go hungry if Parliament passes a new bill demanding greater use of corn-fuels like ethanol, critics say.

29th April 2008
Focus: Hunger. Strikes. Riots. The food crisis bites - Guardian Unlimited
In less than a year, the price of wheat has risen 130 per cent, soya by 87 per cent and rice by 74 per cent. According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation, there are only eight to 12 weeks of cereal stocks in the world, while grain supplies are at their lowest since the 1980s. Not surprisingly, these swiftly rising prices have unleashed serious political unrest in many places. In Dhaka yesterday 10,000 Bangladeshi textile workers clashed with police. Dozens were injured, including 20 policemen, in a protest triggered by food costs that was eventually quelled by baton charges and teargas. In Haiti, demonstrators recently tried to storm the presidential palace after prices of staple foods leaped 50 per cent. In Egypt, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Mozambique, Senegal and Cameroon there have been demonstrations, sometimes involving fatalities, as starving, desperate people have taken to the streets. And in Vietnam the new crime of rice rustling - in which crops are stripped at night from fields by raiders - has led to the banning of all harvesting machines from roads after sunset and to farmers, armed with shotguns, camping around their fields 24 hours a day.

13th April 2008
Food price rises threaten global security - UN - Guardian
Rising food prices could spark worldwide unrest and threaten political stability, the UN's top humanitarian official warned yesterday after two days of rioting in Egypt over the doubling of prices of basic foods in a year and protests in other parts of the world.
See also: Hungry mob attacks Haiti palace - BBC

9th April 2008
World food balance tips toward crisis - Seattle Post Intelligencer
The subsidized conversion of crops into fuel was supposed to promote energy independence and help limit global warming. But this promise was, as Time magazine bluntly put it, a "scam."

9th April 2008
Scientist warns climate change will impact beer production - CNews
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - The price of beer is likely to rise in coming decades because climate change will hamper the production of a key grain needed for the brew - especially in Australia, a scientist warned Tuesday.

9th April 2008
Riots fear after rice price hits a high - Guardian Unlimited
Shortages of the staple crop of half the world's people could bring unrest across Asia and Africa

6th April 2008
Crop switch worsens global food price crisis - Guardian Unlimited
UN secretary general raises doubt over policy encouraging farmers to produce biofuels amid signs of worst food crisis in a generation

5th April 2008
Go for an 'Edible Estate': The Case Against Lawns - AlterNet
Why do we dedicate so much property to something that requires precious resources, endless hours and contaminates our air and water?

5th April 2008
Wheat future surge on worries that bad weather will damage crops - Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
NEW YORK - Wheat prices shot up Friday as investors bet that a mix of wet and dry weather in wheat-growing U.S. states will damage crops and tighten supplies of the grain used to make bread, pasta and other foods.

5th April 2008
Ted Turner Says Global Warming Will Increase Cannibalism - Ecorazzi
In an interview Tuesday for Charlie Rose’s PBS show, the CNN founder said that one of the consequences of Global Warming will be mass cannibalism. From the interview, “Not doing it will be catastrophic. We’ll be eight degrees hotter in ten, not ten but 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals. Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state — like Somalia or Sudan — and living conditions will be intolerable. The droughts will be so bad there’ll be no more corn grown. Not doing it is suicide.”

4th April 2008
Hungry Crowds Spell Trouble For World Leaders - Planet Ark
YAOUNDE - "Is it not said 'A hungry man is an angry man'?" commented Simon Nkwenti, head of a teachers' union in Cameroon, after riots that killed dozens of people in the central African country.

3rd April 2008
Thai farmers fall prey to rice rustlers as price of staple crop rockets - Guardian Unlimited
Asian countries curb exports to avoid shortfalls as 'perfect storm' nearly doubles price in three months

31st March 2008
The new global menace: food inflation - The Globe and Mail
Staple prices have doubled, fanning social, political unrest

30th March 2008
LOS BAÑOS: It is the staple food of half of humanity but only a handful of countries have large rice surpluses, leaving even some of the biggest producers scrambling to grow enough to feed their own people.

29th March 2008
Rosie Boycott: Only a radical change of diet can halt looming food crises - Guardian Unlimited
Rosie Boycott: Costs are high now, but rising oil prices will bring enormous problems for a world with appetites that it simply can't sustain

29th March 2008
NOAA: Ocean acidity threatening Pacific Ocean fisheries - Alaska Journal of Commerce
KODIAK Ñ A federal fisheries scientist says a major threat to fisheries in the North Pacific Ocean in this century is coming from ocean acidity due to rising levels of carbon dioxide in the ocean.

29th March 2008
Major food source threatened by climate change - New Scientist
Rice yields will be hit hard by predicted changes in climate, with the potential to cause widespread food shortages

24th March 2008
Severe drought threatens wheat and rapeseed production - China Daily
Wheat and rapeseed production in north China are under threat from severe drought.

23rd March 2008
How food miles myth hurts the planet - Guardian Unlimited
Science environment: Robin McKie and Caroline Davies report on how the concept of food miles became oversimplified
[Let's re-simplify it then... Eating Local Strengthens Commmunity]

23rd March 2008
Melting glaciers will trigger food shortages - New Scientist
The glaciers that feed Asia's mightiest rivers are disappearing, and with them irrigation water that feeds millions

21st March 2008
Uganda: 1.5 Million People Face Starvation Due to Foods, Drought -
Some 1.5 million people are in need of food aid in parts of the country hit by last year's floods and now experiencing drought since January.

14th March 2008
Australia's food bowl lies empty - BBC
After America, Australia is normally the second largest exporter of grain, and in a good year it would hope to harvest about 25 million tonnes. But the country remains in the grip of the worst drought in a century, which is why the 2006 crop yielded only 9.8m tonnes.
Last year saw one of the best starts to a growing season for years, but dry weather in recent weeks has forced the Australian government to slash its crop forecasts by 30%.

14th March 2008
Early spring thaw could affect your groceries - MSNBC
NASA scientists have recorded an earlier regional thawing trend across northern high latitudes, advancing almost one day a year, since 1988. This trend, a likely result of global warming, leads to a longer growing season and supplies more time to harvest, which on the surface can be seen as positive. Some new studies, though, warn that this situation could actually increase the effects of climate change in the long term.
Why? Early thaw has the potential to alter the cycle of atmospheric carbon dioxide intake and release. A longer growing season promotes more carbon uptake, which is then stored in seasonally frozen and permafrost soils. But when permafrost soils thaw and dry out, higher temperatures in the fall promote release of the stored carbon back into the atmosphere. This process is projected to increase over time at an accelerated rate, sending carbon dioxide levels soaring and further warming the planet.

13th March 2008
World warned on high food costs - BBC
The UN secretary general tells the BBC he is "deeply concerned" about the sharp rise in global food prices.
See also: Grain traders buzz as prices soar - BBC News
Grain prices are pushed higher by a combination of soaring global demand from new consumers and failed crops restricting their supply.

12th March 2008
Wheat-a-fix? - BBC News
Global stocks of wheat are plummeting and people are starting to worry about the price of staples like bread. But can you beat the commodity by growing it in your own back garden?

11th March 2008
Warnings over future food crisis - BBC News
A world food crisis can be expected in the coming decades as our demand for food outstrips our ability to produce it, a UK government adviser has warned. Climate change is expected to worsen the food shortage

7th March 2008
Wheat Rises as Investors Bet Crops Will Face Adverse Weather -
March 3 (Bloomberg) -- Wheat surged the most allowed by the Chicago Board of Trade on speculation adverse weather will hurt crops for the third straight year.

4th March 2008
Abnormally dry and mild winter hampers growth of crops in food-starved NKorea - CNews
SEOUL, South Korea - State media reported today North Korea has experienced an abnormally mild and dry winter that has hampered the growth of some crops, threatening to exacerbate the impoverished country's chronic food shortages.

4th March 2008
Climate change's most deadly threat: drought - The Christian Science Monitor
Anthropologist Brian Fagan uses Earth's distant past to predict the crises that may lie in its future.

4th March 2008
Will global warming increase plant frost damage? [canaries]
Widespread damage to plants from a sudden freeze that occurred across the Eastern United States from 5 April to 9 April 2007 was made worse because it had been preceded by two weeks of unusual warmth, according to an analysis published in the March 2008 issue of BioScience.

4th March 2008
UN warns climate change in Mideast could lead to food, water shortages - CNews
CAIRO, Egypt - Climate change is likely to reduce agricultural production and exacerbate water shortages in the Middle East, threatening the region's poor, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization warned Monday.

4th March 2008
In Highland Peru, a Culture Faces Blight - NPR
Nothing is more important than the potato in the highland villages of Peru. Thousands of varieties abound here, cultivated over time as insurance against unpredictable conditions. But Peru's potato culture confronts its biggest threat yet: Global warming has opened the door to the disease that caused the Irish potato famine.

4th March 2008
The World's Growing Food-Price Crisis - TIME
Soaring prices of staples — which have risen about 75% since 2005, driven by growing demand, rising oil prices and the effects of global warming — have sparked riots in several countries, as people reel from sticker shock and governments scramble to feed their people.

28th February 2008
Fresh records for price of wheat- BBC News
Wheat prices have hit record levels as supplies dwindle, raising concerns about growing food inflation. Reports of a drought in Northern China, where most of the country's wheat is grown, also pushed prices higher. Extreme weather has already damaged crops in other parts of the world and US wheat inventories are expected to fall to their lowest level for 60 years.

27th February 2008
Promised green revolution still seems a long way off - Guardian Unlimited
Climate change to have profound impact on agriculture in coming decades

26th February 2008
UN: World Fisheries Face Collapse Within Decades - Planet Ark
MONACO - A deadly combination of climate change, over-fishing and pollution could cause the collapse of commercial fish stocks worldwide within decades, said Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Environment Programme.
"You overlap all of this and you see you're potentially putting a death nail in the coffin of world fisheries," Steiner told reporters on Friday on the fringes of a climate conference involving more than 150 nations and 100 environment ministers.

26th February 2008
Wheat prices surge to new high - FT
Prices for top-quality spring wheat have jumped by 90 per cent in the past month and a half, boosted by a scramble by corporate consumers to secure scarce grain and speculative buying by investors.
A surge on Friday in prices for wheat used in bread to an all-time high of $19.88 a bushel – the highest yet paid for any wheat contract and a three-fold increase from a year ago – prompted the US baking industry to call for wheat exports to be curtailed.

23rd February 2008
Cameron warns farmers of global food shortages - Guardian Unlimited
David Cameron told British farmers today that the nation could feel the impact of a global "food crunch" because of changes in people's diets and the effects of climate change. The Conservative leader told the National Farmers' Union's centenary conference that food security was vital for "every family in the country" as he called for a new approach to create a level playing field for British farming produce.

19th February 2008
Environment: Who Needs Meat When You've Got Bugs?
We may find the idea of insects as livestock disgusting, but could a bug farm possibly be any more foul than our fetid feedlots?

15th February 2008
Drought cuts 10 percent off Australian agricultural production - AFP via Yahoo! News
Drought cut 10 percent off the value of Australia's agricultural production in 2006-07, official figures showed Tuesday.

13th February 2008
Insect explosion 'a threat to food crops' - Independent
Food crops could be ravaged this century by an explosion in the numbers of insect pests caused by rising global temperatures, according to scientists who have carried out an exhaustive survey of plant damage when the earth last experienced major climate change.

12th February 2008
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Thirty percent less maize by 2030 - AlertNet
Source: IRIN As global warming pushes temperatures up and droughts become more intense, the production of maize, southern Africa's staple food, could drop by as much as 30 percent in another two decades, according to a new study.

9th February 2008
Why the price of 'peak oil' is famine - Daily Telegraph
Vulnerable regions of the world face the risk of famine over the next three years as rising energy costs spill over into a food crunch, according to US investment bank Goldman Sachs.

8th February 2008
Canadian Wheat Inventories Decline as Weather Hurts Production -
Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Canada's wheat inventories at the end of 2007 dropped 30 percent from a year earlier after drought hurt crops in southern growing areas and cool, wet weather damaged plants in the north, a government survey showed.

6th February 2008
Climate 'could devastate crops' - BBC News
South Asia and southern Africa may be hardest hit by climate change-related food shortages by 2030.

1st February 2008
Calif. Farmers Sell Water Instead Of Growing Crops - CBS 5 Bay Area
In a state where water has become an increasingly scarce commodity, a growing number of farmers are betting they can make more money selling their water supplies to thirsty cities and farms to the south than by growing crops.

24th January 2008
ZIMBABWE: No middle ground for crops between drought and deluge - AlertNet
Source: IRIN After six years of drought, the forecast was that Zimbabwe was set for good rains and a decent harvest this season - and then came the deluge.

17th January 2008
Food cost increase adds £750 to annual bill -
Food prices are accelerating at their fastest rate since records began, fuelling a rise in the average family's shopping bill of £750 a year. Customers at supermarket; Food cost increase adds £750 to annual bill The rate of food price inflation is making life increasingly difficult for the millions of families Official figures showed wholesale food prices rose by 7.4 per cent in the past 12 months - more than three times the headline rate of inflation.
Global warming also plays a part. The failure of Australia's wheat harvest last year was blamed on climate change and many big grain-producing areas of the world are predicted to become arid and unusable in the years ahead.

15th January 2008
South Asia hit by food shortages - BBC
People across South Asia are struggling to cope with a severe shortage of affordable wheat and rice. There have been queues outside Pakistani shops in towns around the country, and flour prices have shot up. Wheat flour is a staple foodstuff in Pakistan, where rotis or unleavened bread are eaten with almost every meal. Last week Afghanistan appealed for foreign help to combat a wheat shortage while Bangladesh recently warned it faced a crisis over rice supplies. Global wheat prices are at record highs. Problems have been compounded by crop failures in the northern hemisphere and an increase in demand from developing countries.

10th January 2008
Food ... and how it's going to change the world - Sunday Herald
Scotland: Many economists are now predicting the end of a golden era when the vast buying power of the leading UK supermarket chains was able to deliver economies of scale and cheap food to millions in Britain. From 1974 until 2005 food prices on world markets fell by three-quarters in real terms, with obesity and gluttony exploding simultaneously. But the days of the great grain mountains appear to have come to an end.
Food output will also come under pressure from changing weather patterns. Far from going upwards, output in developing countries is projected to decline by 20%, while output in industrial countries is projected to decline by 6%, according to Professor William Cline of the Centre for Global Development. Most alarmingly, temperature increases of more than 3C may cause prices to increase by up to 40%, says a 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

6th January 2008
Bangladesh facing 'rice catastrophe' - BBC News
The chief of the Bangladesh army says the country is facing a catastrophe over rice supplies. Rice is the staple diet of most Bangladeshis, but this year crops have been damaged by heavy monsoon rain.

4th January 2008
Why the era of cheap food is over - The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News
Food prices worldwide hit record highs in 2006, and all the signs are that they will go on rising this year, and for the foreseeable future.

31st December 2007
Food security hobbles SA biofuel strategy - Mail and Guardian
Worried that it may be seen as insensitive to the food needs of Africa, the South African government, which is facing a general election in 2009, has chosen food security in framing a biofuel policy.

31st December 2007
The climate threat to Japanese rice - BBC News
In Japan government scientists are trying to find ways to reduce the impact of global warming on the country's rice crop. There are fears that the extremes of temperature that some researchers are predicting could affect both the yield and the quality of rice, a staple of the Japanese diet. .

29th December 2007
Fruit, vegie price up as heat burns crops - The West Australian
Australia: Shoppers looking forward to cheaper fresh fruit and vegetables following the Christmas buying frenzy face disappointment after temperatures of up to 45C this week damaged crops from Bunbury to Lancelin.

28th December 2007
Cereal crop halved by drought - ABC via Yahoo!7 News
Australia: Sheep and lamb numbers have fallen to an 80-year low in Victoria and the national cereal crop was halved by the impacts of drought last financial year.

24th December 2007
Grow More Food in Cities, UN Agency Tells Asia - Planet Ark
GENEVA - Asian nations, many at risk from climate change, must invest more in urban and indoor farming to help feed the hundreds of millions of people in their growing cities, the World Meteorological Organisation said on Wednesday.

20th December 2007
UN warns on soaring food prices - BBC News
Dramatic increases in international food prices are threatening millions of people in poor countries, the UN warns.

18th December 2007
A worrisome forecast for the world's crops - The Christian Science Monitor
Studies on rising ozone pollution, shorter winters, and an expanding tropical belt do not bode well for agriculture.

13th December 2007
Drought taking toll on Florida's agriculture - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
A slow hurricane season left farmers facing a crippling drought and fearing the worst for the growing season. The drought is costing Florida agriculture $100 million a month and, if it persists, next year's losses will mount to more than $1 billion.

9th December 2007
Statscan trims Canada '07 wheat and barley crops - Reuters via Yahoo! News
Canadian farmers harvested slightly less grain than earlier projected because hot, dry weather slashed yields in the south and wet conditions hurt crops in the north, Statistics Canada said on Thursday.

7th December 2007
Soil carbon, climate among global changes impacting agriculture - Seattle Times
More carbon in the air means less in the ground, and for farmers, that's bad news, said a local researcher studying how climate change is impacting agriculture.

6th December 2007
Toll of climate change on world food supply could be worse than thought - Physorg
Global agriculture, already predicted to be stressed by climate change in coming decades, could go into steep, unanticipated declines in some regions due to complications that scientists have so far inadequately considered, say three new scientific reports. Progressive changes predicted to stem from 1- to 5-degree C temperature rises in coming decades fail to account for seasonal extremes of heat, drought or rain, multiplier effects of spreading diseases or weeds, and other ecological upsets. All are believed more likely in the future.

See also:
Riots and hunger feared as demand for grain sends food costs soaring - Guardian Unlimited
The risks of food riots and malnutrition will surge in the next two years as the global supply of grain comes under more pressure than at any time in 50 years, according to one of the world's leading agricultural researchers.
What will we eat as the oil runs out? - Energy Bulletin
Our global food system faces a crisis of unprecedented scope. This crisis, which threatens to imperil the lives of hundreds of millions and possibly billions of human beings, consists of four simultaneously colliding dilemmas, all arising from our relatively recent pattern of dependence on depleting fossil fuels.
The first dilemma consists of the direct impacts on agriculture of higher oil prices: increased costs for tractor fuel, agricultural chemicals, and the transport of farm inputs and outputs.
The second is an indirect consequence of high oil prices - the increased demand for biofuels, which is resulting in farmland being turned from food production to fuel production, thus making food more costly.
The third dilemma consists of the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events caused by fuel-based greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change is the greatest environmental crisis of our time; however, fossil fuel depletion complicates the situation enormously, and if we fail to address either problem properly the consequences will be dire.
Finally comes the degradation or loss of basic natural resources (principally, topsoil and fresh water supplies) as a result of high rates, and unsustainable methods, of production stimulated by decades of cheap energy.

4th December 2007
BANGLADESH: Fear of Famine Follows Cyclone Havoc - IPS
DHAKA, Nov 30 (IPS) - With its grain crops wiped out, Bangladesh has appealed to the world community for half a million tonnes of rice or wheat to immediately feed thousands of starving survivors of the Nov. 15 cyclone and stave of a possible famine.

1st December 2007
Australia GrainCorp posts A$20 mln loss on drought - Reuters via Yahoo! Singapore News
SYDNEY, Nov 29 - Eastern Australian grain handler and trader GrainCorp Ltd on Thursday reported a loss of A$19.8 million for the year to Sept. 30 due to a drought which cut grain volumes.

29th November 2007
Indonesia losing crops, fish stocks to global warming - AlertNet
Source: Reuters JAKARTA, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Indonesia is losing tonnes of crop production each year and its fish stock is dwindling as a result of global warming, a UN report said on Tuesday, putting the greatest pressure on the nation's poor.

28th November 2007
Climate change leads to decline in wheat production - Livemint

27th November 2007
China's Hunger - Australasian Investment Review via Yahoo!7 Finance
AA couple of weeks ago we looked at the forecasts from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation's latest commentary on the outlook for food. It made gloomy reading. "As has become evident in recent months, high international prices for food crops such as grains continue to ripple through the food value/supply chain, contributing to a rise in retail prices of such basic foods as bread or pasta, meat and milk," The FAO said. Rarely has the world witnessed such a widespread and commonly shared concern on food price inflation, a fear which is fuelling debates about the future direction of agricultural commodity prices in importing as well as exporting countries, be they rich or poor.

26th November 2007
Scientists warn of agrarian - rice – crisis due to climate change - Sunday
Scientists warn of agrarian - rice – crisis due to climate changeSunday, Sri Lanka. Rice, the staple for billions of people, is most vulnerable to global warming, said Dyno Keatinge, deputy director general of research at the International ...

25th November 2007
Meat, poultry, vegetables feel heat from global warming - AFP via Yahoo! News
From meat, poultry and milk to potatoes, onions and leafy greens, everything consumed on the world's dining tables is feeling the heat from climate change, scientists say.

25th November 2007
All About: Food and the environment -
According to the UK's Soil Association, 50 percent of the increase in global CO2 emissions between 1850 and 1990 has been tied to changes in land use --mainly because of farming practices. Today, the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) estimates that as much as 31 percent of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions come from the food chain. More than half of that amount -- 18 percent of total emissions -- comes from meat production, leading to growing calls for people to cut back on their meat consumption, or to eliminate meat from their diets completely. (The "average burger man...emits the equivalent of 1.5 tons more CO2 every year than the standard vegan," reports The Guardian, for example).

23rd November 2007
Scientists warn of agrarian crisis from climate change - TODAYonline
A farmer inspects a cob of maize in his flooded field in Nasia, northern Ghana. Scientists have warned that an agrarian crisis is brewing because of climate change that could jeopardise global food supplies and increase the risk of hunger for a billion poorest of the poor.

23rd November 2007
Environment: Giving Thanks For Oil and OPEC
We should acknowledge that our food production system and every other aspect of our lives are utterly dependent on fossil fuels.

22nd November 2007
Food bowl dries, prices stay high - Melbourne Herald Sun
Australia. IGHER food prices will stay because of more frequent and severe drought due to global warming, a report has found. Prices for fresh fruit and vegetables will rise sharply every two to four years instead of once a decade if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, it says.

22nd November 2007
Autumn Rain Down 90 Percent in China Rice Belt - Planet Ark
BEIJING - Large areas of south China are suffering from serious drought, with water levels on two major rivers in rice-growing provinces dropping to historic lows, state media said on Tuesday.

21st November 2007
Food & agriculture - Nov 19 - Energy Bulletin
Staff, . More will be asked of us: Revisiting 100 million farmers Forbes: Food vs fuel Fuel costs give ag a chill Farmer of the Year candidate doesn't use muck Climate a threat to farming and food supply Africa: Food production to halve by 2020

20th November 2007
CO2 emissions may affect flowering plants - University Daily Kansan
It's basic, junior-high science. Carbon dioxide plus water, plus sunlight equals healthy, happy plants. So theoretically, increased amounts of CO2 in the air would yield super plants. Researchers in the department of geography are concerned now. Nate Brunsell, assistant professor of geography, said that plants would have to take in more water to counter the increased amounts of CO2. “You also have a food security issue. If we heat things up and lose more water, what are farmers going to do?” Brunsell said. “Change crops? Use more water? When you use more water for agriculture, then there is less for municipal and recreation uses.”

17th November 2007
Sowing the seeds of farming's future - BBC News
Global food stocks are running low and rich nations should not take security of supplies for granted.

14th November 2007
Drought bites hard at Aussie rice crop - UPI
Drought has all but ruined the Australian rice crop in the main growing area of New South Wales. "We expect about 15,000 metric tons to be grown this year, against the usual 1.2 million tons," said Gary Helou, chief executive of the Sunrice company.

13th November 2007
Mexico Flood Wipes Out Crops - AP via Yahoo! Finance
Massive flooding in the southern state of Tabasco practically wiped agricultural crops from citrus to chocolate, threatening the main source of income for about one-third of the state's 2 million people, officials said on Thursday.

10th November 2007
Israeli researchers say desalinated water harms crops: report - AFP via Yahoo! News
Desalinated water can adversely affect crops because of its low mineral content, Israeli researchers were quoted as finding by the Haaretz newspaper on Friday.

9th November 2007
Farming losses near $1 billion, with no end to drought on way - Miami Herald
Florida's record drought has led to nearly $1 billion in agricultural losses, wiping out jobs and diminishing the food supply from Florida to Canada, state Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson said Monday.

9th November 2007
Drought adds to pressure on beer price - The West Australian
The drought and world barley prices are adding further pressure on the cost of beer, as breweries brace for further production cost increases early next year.

7th November 2007
Spectre of Global Warming Haunts Japanese Rice Farms - Planet Ark
MINAMI-UONUMA, Japan - It produces the most prized rice in a country that prides itself on its rice. But summer heat waves have sent temperatures soaring in Japan's Uonuma region, resulting in lower quality rice grains, and making farmers worried that global warming might have reached their rice fields in northwestern Japan.

6th November 2007
Drought a $1 billion drain on agriculture - Miami Herald
Drought a $1 billion drain on agriculture Florida's record drought has led to nearly $1 billion in agricultural losses, wiping out jobs and diminishing the food supply from Florida to Canada, state Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson said Monday. What's worse, Bronson's economist warned, the numbers are going to get more bleak next year because the dry spell is expected to continue. ''We are beginning to see some of the initial signs of collapse,'' Nelson Mongiovi, director of the division of marketing at the Florida Department of Agriculture, told a state legislative committee. "If you're a farmer, you're going into the spring season with a greater than 50 percent chance you're not going to have enough water to make a crop."

6th November 2007
Govt trying to offset drought: Vaile - The West Australian
Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile says the government is doing all it can to offset the effect of the drought on consumer prices. He says a scarcity of some items due to the severe drought in many parts of Australia means food prices are on the rise.

4th November 2007
Climate-induced food crisis looms - Guardian Unlimited [essential]
Soaring crop prices and demand for biofuels raise fears of political instability.

3rd November 2007
Environment: The Nation's Breadbasket Is Poisoning Its Own Water Supply - AlterNet
There are many threats to drinking water in the Heartland, but the biggest one is agriculture.

3rd November 2007
Drought May Force Australian Livestock Industry To Import Grain - Asia Pulse via Yahoo!7 News
Australia's livestock industry will be forced for the first time to import grain from overseas if local supplies continue to dwindle in the crippling drought, producers have warned.

1st November 2007
Drought slashes Australian wheat crop - TODAYonline
Australia's wheat, barley and canola winter crops were again revised lower Tuesday due to the severity of the long-running drought, the country's official forecaster said.

31st October 2007
Human-generated Ozone Will Damage Crops, Reduce Production - Science Daily
Increasing levels of ozone due to the growing use of fossil fuels will damage global vegetation, resulting in serious costs to the world's economy. The analysis focused on how three environmental changes (increases in temperature, carbon dioxide and ozone) associated with human activity will affect crops, pastures and forests.

29th October 2007
The Tar Sands and Canada's Food System - The Dominion [essential]
North American agriculture is deeply dependent on natural gas. Nitrogen fertilizer is chemically produced using a process that -- currently -- cannot be conducted efficiently without large amounts of natural gas. This fertilizer, in turn, is an essential nutrient in North America's food production system. "In a fairly direct way," says Darrin Qualman, Director of Research at the National Farmers Union, "natural gas is a primary feedstock for our food supply." While "peak oil," the point at which global production of oil begins to decline, is subject to speculation, natural gas peaked in North America in 2003. Since then, more wells have been added, but production has declined slowly, while prices have increased sharply.

22nd October 2007
Food set to become the next big global news story - Winnipeg Free Press
Food set to become the next big global news storyWinnipeg Free Press, Canada. Climate change may exacerbate grain shortages. Global warming has been largely associated with drier conditions in grain-growing areas, but that is far from ...

12th October 2007
Global warming hits Cereal production hard - Commodity Online
CHENNAI: Global warming is taking a heavy toll on cereal crops. A new study on the impact of global warming on global food production by researchers of a US university says that in 20 years since 1981, there had been an annual loss of about $5 billion for the major cereal crops in the world.

8th October 2007
New South Wales Wheat Crop to Fall Further on Hot, Dry Weather -
Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Wheat production in New South Wales state may be less than previously forecast after hot, dry and windy weather further damaged crops struggling to survive Australia's worst drought.
See also:
ABB Grain Shares Plummet as Profit Falls on Australian Drought -
S.E. Australia: Expert predicts dry Spring - The West Australian
Climate, not terror most worries Aussies - The West Australian

4th October 2007
Commonwealth declared national disaster area due to drought - The Ledger Independent
Area farmers who have felt the sting of the summer's dry weather were glad to hear the news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had declared Kentucky a natural disaster area because of the ongoing drought conditions.

4th October 2007
High cereal prices may fuel problems in poor areas: FAO chief - Eu Business
(BRUSSELS ) - UN Food and Agriculture Organization chief Jacques Diouf on Wednesday warned that the global rise in cereal prices could lead to "social and political troubles" in developing nations.

4th October 2007
Global warming to hit rice production hard - Commodity Online
The heat is on and will take a heavy toll on your rice bowl in the coming years. The reason: Global Warming. Global warming, which will increase the temperatures up to 4.5 degree Celsius by the end of the century, will hit rice cultivation hard by reducing production by 7 to 60 per cent this century. In fact, the scientific world views the threat of increasingly high temperatures to rice - now the principal crop for the country's food security with 44.6 million hectare area and 89 million tonnes in production - as a huge problem.According to scientists, temperature is a major determinant of crop development and growth of rice. Rice yields would dip 10% for every 1 degree Celsius increase in minimum temperature during the growing season.

1st October 2007
Drought hikes food prices in Australia - UPI
Australians, suffering through the worst drought in history, have been warned they will be paying more for everyday foodstuffs.

28th September 2007
Drought puts Australia's food bowl at risk: PM - AFP via Yahoo! News
Australia's once-in-a-century drought has tightened its grip on the country's major food growing zone and could kill off the region's orchards and vineyards, Prime Minister John Howard said Friday.

22nd September 2007
Australia slashes wheat crop forecast - Financial Times
Australia slashed nearly a third off its official wheat crop forecast on Tuesday as a persistent drought ravaged crops, adding to a grim picture for world supply and pushing domestic wheat futures to a record high.

19th September 2007
Inflationary spiral could spell an end to era of cheap food - The Observer
Parisians are bemoaning the price of a baguette, Italians have organised a pasta boycott and the Mexican public have held street protests about the cost of tortillas. Rocketing food prices are infuriating consumers and pressurising politicians worldwide. But is this a temporary blip, or has the era of cheap food come to an end?

16th September 2007
Farmers Hit Hard By Brutal Drought - Washington Post
Most of Tommy Bowles's corn and soybeans shriveled under this summer's long and dry heat wave. But the St. Mary's County farmer fears the worst effects of this year's drought are still to come: Because the soil is bone-dry, he doesn't think he will be able to grow any wheat or barley this fall.

14th September 2007
Drought Threatens Australia Crops - Nasdaq
(RTTNews) - Dry weather is having what is being described as a devastating effect on Australia's massive crop planting.

14th September 2007
Global warming may cause world crop decline - Reuters UK
Global warming could send world agriculture into serious decline by 2080 with productivity collapsing in some developing countries while it improves in a few rich nations, a study reported on Wednesday. India, Pakistan, most of Africa and most of Latin America would be hit hardest, said economist William Cline, the study's author. The United States, most of Europe, Russia and Canada would probably see agricultural gains if climate change continues on its current course, the study found. Overall, the world's agricultural productivity was forecast to decline by between 3 percent and 16 percent by 2080, according to the study published by the Washington-based Center for Global Development and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

13th September 2007
World needs a 10% meat diet to fight global warming -
Cutting world meat consumption by 10 percent would have a substantial impact on greenhouse emissions, say doctors writing in the health journal The Lancet.

13th September 2007
Wheat tops $9 mark for first time - BBC
Wheat prices have surged to a record, breaking through the $9 a bushel mark for the first time, fanning fears that the cost of bread will also increase. Prices have been driven higher because droughts in key crop regions including Australia have led to smaller harvests.
See also: FAO Warns Climate Change Could be Major Threat to Food Security - VOA

12th September 2007
Leading article: Rising food prices... the low-cost chicken is coming home to roost - The Independent
If anyone remains to be convinced that food prices are on the way up, this week provided evidence aplenty. Premier Foods, Britain's biggest food producer, warned that the days of cheap food were ending, citing the almost doubling of wheat prices in 12 months. It was among several companies announcing a steep rise in bread prices. Then Tesco, our biggest supermarket chain, responded to a rival's rock-bottom chicken price by actually raising prices for similar chickens on the grounds that a further cut could only jeopardise quality. And the UN's most senior agriculture official said that soaring prices for wheat, corn and milk globally could cause serious social unrest in developing countries.

8th September 2007
Days of cheap food are over, say suppliers - Guardian Unlimited
Superstore groups prepare to stomach higher prices because of far east demand and biofuel incentives.

5th September 2007
ECONOMY-CHINA: Global Warming Fuels Inflation - IPS
As food prices continue to soar ahead of an all-important Communist party meeting in October, the country's leaders fear that runaway inflation that has been rankling Chinese consumers in recent months could ignite social unrest. Efforts to combat price hikes though by increasing grain supply are hampered by climate change, which has posed a severe threat to this year's harvest. "We're facing a grave situation," the country's top planner, Ma Kai, said of the annual harvest last week, warning that global warming is taking its toll on China's already shrinking farming land and its sacrosanct policy of food security.

5th September 2007
Global food crisis looms as fertile land stripped by climate change - Guardian Unlimited
Science environment: . 'Ignorance, need and greed' depleting soil . Experts warn competition will lead to conflict.
See also: Global Warming's Next Victim: Wheat - Time Magazine

31st August 2007
Indian Ocean Sees Smallest Tuna Catch in 11 Years - Planet Ark
PORT LOUIS - Tuna fishermen in the Indian Ocean have landed their smallest catch for 11 years, a report and industry sources said on Monday, with possible explanations ranging from over-fishing to global warming.

28th August 2007
Villagers Eat Raw Food, Toll Rises in S.Asia Floods - Planet Ark
PATNA, India - Flood victims in eastern India were eating raw wheat flour to survive as devastating monsoon flooding in South Asia continued to spread misery among millions.

28th August 2007
Wheat prices reach record level - BBC News
Wheat prices surge to record levels on international markets, triggering the threat of rising bread prices.

25th August 2007
Warming trends alarm farmers - Contra Costa Times
FRESNO -- Steve Johnson scans the hot, translucent sky. He wants to make rain -- needs to make rain -- for the parched farms and desperate hydro companies in this California valley.

22nd August 2007
Warming may change the nature of the food we eat - CNews
Canadians are a well-fed bunch. We do not generally have to worry about our food supply. For most of us, it's just a matter of heading to the nearest grocery store.

15th August 2007
Fraser summer fishery at risk of closing - The Globe and Mail
Unexpectedly low numbers of fish in earlier runs pointing to one of the worst seasons in decades. "There's a pattern developing here that suggest a large-scale survival issue," he said. Warmer ocean waters two years ago, possibly linked to climate change, seems to have hurt the population of sockeye, he said, with those warmer oceans reducing food sources for the species and increasing the prevalence of southern predators.

9th August 2007
Climate change ups hunger risks in poor states - FAO - Reuters India
Climate change with frequent droughts and floods is likely to cut food output and increase hunger risk in developing countries, the U.N food agency said on Tuesday, adding its voice to global warming concerns.

8th August 2007
Dry conditions stressing crops - UPI
Dry conditions persisted from California to the northern Rockies, stressing crops, keeping irrigation demands high and feeding into the wildfire threat.

8th August 2007
Worry about bread, not oil - [essential]
Some people worry about peak oil. I worry more about peak grain. The real question is whether we could now be approaching a new era of misery. Even at an arithmetic rate, the United Nations expects the world's population to pass the 9 billion mark by 2050. But can world food production keep pace? Plant physiologist Lloyd T Evans has estimated that "we must reach an average yield of four tons per hectare... to support a population of 8 billion". But yields right now are, as we have seen, just three tons per hectare. And a world of eight billion people may be less than 20 years away. Meanwhile, man-made forces are conspiring to put a ceiling on food production. Global warming and the resulting climate change may well be increasing the incidence of extreme weather events as well as inflicting permanent damage on some farming regions. It is not just British crops that are suffering this year. At the same time, our effort to slow global warming by switching from fossil fuels to bio-fuels is taking large tracts of land out of food production.

29th July 2007
We have to accept that the era of cheap food is coming to an end - The Independent
We are so used to our ultra-competitive supermarket sector keeping down prices that it comes as rather a shock to discover that the same item we bought a few weeks ago has become more expensive. But the shock value is beginning to wear off. Food prices are now rising at 6 per cent a year, twice as quickly as the general cost of living. And it is not just in the UK that we are witnessing this trend. In India the overall food price index is 10 per cent higher than last year. In China, prices are up 20 per cent for some staples.

23rd June 2007
Morocco's '07 Growth Seen Falling Sharply on Drought - Planet Ark
RABAT - Morocco's economic growth is expected to slump to 1.6 percent this year from 8.1 percent in 2006 after drought slashed cereal crops to 2.0 million tonnes from 9.3 million last year, an official body said on Thursday.

15th June 2007
Milk price soars as drought hits dairy industry - Times Online Sunday
The price of milk is soaring worldwide as a drought-stricken dairy industry struggles to meet surging demand for milk products in China and the Middle East.

11th June 2007
The wrath of 2007: America's great drought - Independent
America is facing its worst summer drought since the Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression. Or perhaps worse still.
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11th June 2007
Drought hits Aussie wheat profits - BBC News
The severe drought in Australia dents profits at the country's troubled wheat exporting business.

24th May 2007
Growers warned to be vigilant as UK wheat pests threaten crops - Food Production Daily
14/05/2007 - Wheat growers in the UK have been warned their crops are at risk from a number of destructive pests, flourishing in the current weather conditions.

14th May 2007
Technology: Rice Farmer's Take On Climate Change - Sin Chew Daily
Most rice farmers currently still plant the hybrid varieties which are greedy for water and chemical fertilisers. Once we did have many different varieties of dry land rice called pari gaga but since the 1970s many of our indigenous rice varieties have become extinct. Unfortunately the available rice seeds now are of the water-guzzling varieties.

14th May 2007
Italy declares drought emergency -
ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- Italy declared a state of emergency in northern and central regions on Friday due to fears of drought following unusually warm and dry weather.

4th May 2007
Alarm grows in European farming over drought -
Berlin - A spring drought affecting parts of Europe north of the Alps is worrying farmers, who say they need rain within the next couple of weeks or crops will fail. Helmut Born of the German Farmers Federation said this week: "We are hearing from the meteorologists that the drought area stretches from northern France through to Poland." Affected farmers say the soil is as dry as it usually is in August.

4th May 2007
Experts fear global warming may hit world's rice bowl - The Brunei Times
Environmentalists and scientists say that as the world gets hotter, floods, droughts and rising sea levels could push Thailand's rice yields down significantly with a huge impact on rural communities.

3rd May 2007
German Farmers Face Crop Failure as Drought Drags On - Deutsche Welle
Germany experienced the driest and warmest April in more than 200 years -- good news for a frequently sun-starved population, but bad news for farmers, who may face devastating crop losses.

3rd May 2007
As drought worsens, Australian cattle scour roadsides for food - AFP via Yahoo! News
As Australian farmer Philip Bell coaxed his cattle along the road, a bystander nodded toward a straggler ambling behind the rest of the herd searching for an overlooked tussock of grass.

3rd May 2007
Summer in April! German farmers pray for rain - IANS via Yahoo! India News
With cherry trees and fields of rapeseed in full bloom and the ground dry and dusty, farmers in Germany are worrying about their crop. Midsummer has turned up in mid-April and it's taking its toll on farmers. Because of the hot weather in Germany, more and more farmers are resorting to southern European plants because these can endure hot temperatures and need less water.

24th April 2007
Easter freeze damaged state's grape, pecan crops - The Brownsville Herald
Farmers still recovering from the devastating drought conditions of 2006 are now sizing up their losses from the latest weather calamity to hit Texas: freezing temperatures.

24th April 2007
MALAWI: Small farmers hit by changes in the climate - AlertNet
Source: IRIN JOHANNESBURG, 20 April 2007 (IRIN) - Small-scale farmers in Malawi are becoming aware that they are bearing the brunt of climate change, which has been adversely affecting productivity, according to a new study by an international aid agency.

21st April 2007
Leading Article: A global warning from the dust bowl of Australia - Independent [essential] [canaries]
Australia is in the midst of a crippling drought, the country's worst on record. Many towns and cities have been forced to enact drastic water restrictions as reservoirs have run dry. Rivers have been reduced to a trickle. The drought has severely damaged the agricultural sector. Farmers are raising emaciated cattle and sheep. Cotton-lint production has plummeted. Wine grape and rice output has collapsed. Agricultural production has fallen by almost one-quarter in a year. And it is estimated that the drought has knocked three-quarters to 1 per cent off the country's growth as a whole.

See also: Australian drought threatens crop catastrophe - Guardian Unlimited

20th April 2007
YEMEN-HORN OF AFRICA: Government combats wheat killer disease - AlertNet
Source: IRIN SANAA, 18 April 2007 (IRIN) - Yemen's government has launched a campaign to combat a virulent and potentially devastating wheat disease after the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently warned of its spread to the Arabian Peninsular from east Africa.

19th April 2007
Drought in Australia by Matt Taylor - BBC News
Australia's worst drought on record got tougher on Thursday when the prime minister announced there won't be enough water to allow irrigation along the country's largest river system, unless there's significant rainfall over the next month.

19th April 2007
Out of Africa: diseases could hit animals and crops - The Herald
Many different species are relocating their habitats in response to global warming, and diseases are doing much the same. Blue-tongue is one such disease that now poses an imminent threat to the UK. It was first described in South Africa and then spread through the tropics and sub-tropics.

17th April 2007
Falling rice yields viewed as an early sign global warming in Japan - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Rice harvests in the Kyushu region have been poor for the past four years, while the quality of much of this rice also has fallen. An increasing number of rice harvests are being rated second- and third-grade, which is worth 1,000 to 2,000 yen less per 60 kilograms than first-grade rice. Harvesting first-grade rice of Hinohikari is almost impossible when temperatures exceed 26.5 C during the period. In recent years it had not been unusual for temperatures in the city to exceed this level at that time of year.

8th April 2007
Climate change 'raising crop risks' - ic Lanarkshire
Farmers will have to deal with previously unknown plant diseases and an increase in crop pests as a result of climate change, new research has found.

6th April 2007
Farmers Warming Warning - RedNova
GLOBAL warming has been blamed for a breeding boom among snowgeese that is causing havoc for US farmers.

4th April 2007
Food, Water Security Threatened by Warming, UN Panel Chief Says -
March 28 (Bloomberg) -- The loss of food and water security is one of the most immediate threats posed by global warming, the head of a United Nations panel said before publication of the most detailed report ever on the subject.

29th March 2007
Tiny island with a global warning - BBC News
In the first of a series of reports, BBC World Affairs Correspondent Mark Doyle analyses the state of food production and consumption across the globe. "This island and that piece of land over there used to be separated by just a narrow channel of water", says Mr Patra. "All the land which is now underwater used to be rice paddies". Experts in food production say Ghoramara is a symbol of the dramatic combination of factors which mean the world is heading for extreme food shortages in the coming decades.

28th March 2007
SA begins to import maize after drought ravages crops - Independent Online
South Africa, generally a net exporter of maize, had started to import the staple grain as the worst drought in 15 years had devastated crops, John Purchase, the general manager of Grain SA, said yesterday.

27th March 2007
Biofuel demand makes food expensive - BBC News
Demand for biofuel, which is made from plants, is sending global food commodity prices soaring.

23rd March 2007
Drought helps cut Hunter grape tonnage - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
The Hunter Valley Vineyard Association says this year's grape tonnage is down an estimated 40 per cent on previous years, mainly due to the drought.

20th March 2007
Ivorian Cocoa Growers Say Drought Worst in Memory - Planet Ark
A harsh spell of dry weather in Ivory Coast's central Daloa region which has lasted several months is the worst in living memory and is killing off young cocoa trees, farmers and cooperatives said on Friday.

19th March 2007
World may get greener, then wilt, due warming - AlertNet
Source: Reuters By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO, March 15 (Reuters) - Global warming is expected to turn the planet a bit greener by spurring plant growth but crops and forests may wilt beyond mid- ...

15th March
Wheat crop worth billions destroyed in rains in Punjab, Haryana - New Kerala
India: Wheat crop in thousands of acres in Punjab and Haryana has been destroyed in untimely rains. Agriculture ministry officials Tuesday said the losses to farmers could run into billions of rupees. Wheat crop in over 50,000 acres of land has been flattened in Punjab itself, the officials said.

14th March 2007
Prognosis looks increasingly grim for the health of nations - The Times
Threats to the water supply, crop failure and mass migration are all looming

10th March 2007
Ethanol-driven feed costs cut US meat output-USDA - Reuters
High feed costs, created by the explosive growth of the fuel ethanol industry, will lower U.S. beef and broiler chicken output this year by a quarter billion lbs from earlier forecasts, the U.S. government said on Friday. The Agriculture Department also said freeze damage would cut the Florida orange crop by 6 percent and California's by 20 percent from a month ago. A drop-off in cotton exports will create the largest year-end surplus in 21 years, 8.8 million bales weighing 480 lbs each.

10th March 2007
Summer crops scorched by drought -
South Africa's summer crops in many areas have literally been scorched to death and even good rains in the near future would no longer benefit yields, a senior official at Grain SA said on Wednesday. "Of major concern is however the fact that there are areas and individual producers that are facing a total crop failure, and this will certainly have a hugely negative effect on the ability of these producers to survive financially," said Ferreira.

28th February 2007
Global Warming Could Kill Uganda Coffee - Planet Ark
A rise in average temperatures of just two degrees centigrade would wipe out coffee in Uganda and other east African countries that depend on the crop as a key export, a climate expert said on Monday.

27th February 2007
How global warming goes against the grain - Globe and Mail
The place where most of the world's people could first begin to feel the consequences of global warming may come as a surprise: in the stomach, via the supper plate. Researchers using computer models to simulate the weather patterns likely to exist around 2050 found that the best wheat-growing land in the wide arc of fertile farmland stretching from Pakistan through Northern India and Nepal to Bangladesh would be decimated. Much of the area would become too hot and dry for the crop, placing the food supply of 200 million people at risk.

25th February 2007
Drought to slash summer crop production - West Australian
The drought will slash Australia's summer crop production to its lowest level in more than 20 years. After running a scythe through the winter grain harvest, the big dry is set to take a huge toll on water-intensive summer crops like cotton and rice. The federal government's rural economic forecaster, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE), says summer crop production will fall 59 per cent in 2006-07 to 1.9 million tonnes - the smallest haul since 1982-83. Rice production will plummet 90 per cent to just 106,000 tonnes, and cotton production will be down 42 per cent at 250,000 tonnes. ABARE is tipping grain sorghum production to fall 51 per cent to 996,000 tonnes.

20th February 2007
Global warming eats into wheat output in Haryana - The Economic Times
India: For policymakers turning a blind eye to the dangers of global warming, here is some food for thought. Wheat productivity has been steadily declining in the country during the past few years owing to the effects of global warming. According to data complied by CCS Haryana Agricultural University, wheat productivity in the state has declined from 4,106 kg/ha in 2000-01 to 3,937 kg/ha in 2003-04, with maximum temperature rising by about 3°C during Feb- March in the past 7 years.

21st February 2007
Ethanol's Boom Holds Hidden Costs: Higher Food Prices - Bloomberg
Arturo Esquivel shakes his head as he pays 10 pesos (90 cents) for tortillas in Mexico City, two- thirds more than a year ago. He'd be even angrier to learn that Chicago bond analyst Philip Adams's SUV may be to blame. The General Motors Corp. Yukon XL sport-utility vehicle runs on ethanol, a fuel made from the corn that also influences the cost of Esquivel's tortilla, feeds the chickens, pigs and cows raised for consumption worldwide and sweetens soft drinks. Demand for corn as the raw material for an alternative vehicle fuel is creating unintended consequences throughout the global food chain. Midwest corn growers are commanding prices not seen in a decade: the crop surpassed $4.20 a bushel Jan. 17, almost double its September price. Yet farmers who raise livestock are seeing feed costs soar, and companies from Tyson Foods Inc. to Coca-Cola Co. are warning of higher prices.

10th February 2007
Alan Dupont: Scorched earth an insecure place - The Australian
Australia: Unless carefully handled, tensions between the developed and developing worlds over responsibility for a deteriorating climate, already in evidence, may escalate. Climate change will also raise anxieties about food and energy, and increase the likelihood of destabilising competition for scarce resources that could be a particular problem for our region because of Asia's high levels of energy dependence and growing demand for food and water. Supply of key agricultural products such as wheat, rice and corn is set to drop by one-third in China because of forecast temperature rises. Although these sobering statistics should be a wake-up call for action, complacency should not be replaced by alarmism or defeatism.

5th February 2007
Climate change raises drought threat for EU crops - Reuters
Global warming may boost farm output in northern Europe, but more frequent blisteringly hot summers could ravage crops across the continent and the battle for water will heat up in the south, experts said on Friday.

4th February 2007
Dozens Dead, Crops Ruined in Southern African Floods - Planet Ark
Authorities in Angola, Zambia and Mozambique on Wednesday warned of a humanitarian crisis after deadly floods submerged towns, devastated crops and left thousands of villagers without shelter, food or water.

25th January 2007
Warming Could Cut China Grain Crops by over a Third - Planet Ark
Rising temperatures in China could slash grain production in the world's most populous country by over a third in the second half of this century, imperilling food security, the official Xinhua agency reported on Wednesday.

18th January 2007
Winter's blast costs millions of dollars - Los Angeles Times
USA, California: Growers expect even greater losses as the forecast calls for more freezing temperatures. Citrus and avocadoes among the worst effected crops.

13th January 2007
Why is the price of bread important? - BBC News
The price of bread could soon rise to £1 a loaf, bakers are warning. But why is the cost of bread so important? "The price hike has been blamed on poor wheat harvests overseas increasing the cost of flour by 15%. The finger has also been pointed at rising energy prices."
["poor wheat harvests overseas" is a probable reference to the Australian drought => rising bread prices is another canary.
See also 'Why wheat is luring the breadwinners - Guardian Unlimited']

10th January 2007
Why wheat is luring the breadwinners - Guardian Unlimited
Wheat, according to the commodity dealers, is the new gold. After making millions from pumping up the price of copper, zinc and other metals to record levels last year, speculators are piling into "soft" commodities such as wheat and corn amid drought warnings and global shortages.
[Who cares about the ski industry? It's food we need and here's evidence that climate change is here and investors are ready to make a profit on the inevitable rise in food prices.]

6th January 2007
Range for wheat is creeping northward - Anchorage Daily News
Study shows by 2050 wheat could be a cash crop across Alaska Interior.
[Somehow this article thinks that wheat growing in Alsaka is a 'good' thing - another example of the pernicious 'them %26 us' mentality that pervades the media]

2nd January 2007
China fears disasters, grain cut from global warming - AlertNet
Global warming threatens to intensify natural disasters and water shortages across China, driving down the country's food output, the Chinese government has warned, even as its seeks to tame energy consumption

27th December 2006
Climate change making Christmas fare a real turkey - The Age
Australia: Food price rises due to extreme weather events, however, are transforming the climate-change battleground and may leave Prime Minister John Howard vulnerable to those Aussie battlers who have been crucial to his electoral success. In the past year food prices have soared 10 per cent. Lamb and beef prices could leap by up to 25 per cent in the next few months, while bread becomes 10 per cent more expensive due to a 40 per cent surge in flour prices. Australian citrus growers declared recently that orange prices had risen from $80 a tonne to $200, with inevitable price hikes on orange juice.

21st December 2006
America’s Breadbasket Moves to Canada? - The Lede
'“A map . . . shows the belly of North America’s wheat bounty shifting to Canada by 2050.” What the map DOESN’T show is that the new wheat belt (a.k.a. the Canadian Shield) is a glaciated wilderness from which virtually all of the top soil was scraped in the last ice age. Ditto most of Siberia. If that’s where our daily bread is supposed to come from in the year 2050, we’d better lean to eat lichen and moss.'

6th December 2006
The politics of food - Davis Enterprise 
Ten calories of fossil fuel are now required to produce every one calorie of food. By eating over-processed food and lots of meat, each person adds 4 tons of carbon to the atmosphere every year.

4th December 2006
Search for crops that can survive global warming - Guardian Unlimited
An unprecedented effort to protect the world's food supplies from the ravages of climate change will be launched today by an international consortium of scientists. The move marks a growing recognition that serious changes in weather patterns are inevitable over the coming decades, and that society must begin to adapt.

4th December 2006
Grain drain - Guardian Unlimited 
The world is increasingly turning to ethanol made from corn to power its cars. A good thing you might think, except when it means making a choice between providing green fuel and food. Lester R Brown investigates

29th November 2006
Thanksgiving’s Moveable Feast - New York Times
USA: Global Warming is pushing foodcrops further north.

24th November 2006
Warm winters 'ruin' currant crop - BBC News
No more Ribena for the kids of the future: A Herefordshire farmer is warning of a shortage of blackcurrant squash and jam claiming global warming has affected his crop. Click to watch the video.

11th November 2006
Oceans turning acidic, posing threat to sea life, Earth's fragile food chain - 
The world's oceans are becoming more acidic, which poses a threat to sea life and Earth's fragile food chain, a climate expert said Thursday.

10th November 2006
Bee threat puts crops at risk - Sydney Morning Herald
Climate change and pesticides could seriously damage global food production and wreck farming economies by playing havoc with honey bees, Australian scientists warned yesterday.

26th October 2006
The green gauge - Guardian Unlimited
Energy generating dancefloors, wind-up laptop and hallowe'en horror as climate change induced pumpkin bight decimates crop.

22nd October 2006
Fires and Worst Drought in 100 Years Wake Australia Up to the Reality of Climate Change - Red Orbit
Australia is confronting its worst drought in a century with rampant fires devastating agricultural areas, rivers drying up, crops failing, and farmers forced to sell off their livestock.

14th October 2006
GrainCorp Slashes Crop Delivery Forecasts on Drought - Bloomberg
GrainCorp Ltd., eastern Australia's biggest grain handler, slashed its forecast for grain deliveries to its storage depots by as much as 78 percent on drought.
Also: Drought forces revision of USDA wheat forecast

13th October 2006
Drought pushes wheat to 10-year high - FT
US wheat futures struck a fresh 10-year high on Tuesday on fears of a further decline in the Australian wheat production due to the drought in much of the country’s grain-growing region.

10th October 2006
Drought in SW China Worsens as Temperatures Soar - Planet Ark
Southwest China is suffering from its worst drought in 50 years and temperatures soared to 41 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday with crops withering in the scorching heat, state media reported.

1st September 2006
Bangladesh Prays for Rain as Rice Crop Fears Grow - Planet Ark
Bangladeshi farmers said on Sunday they might not be able to plant all their rice fields this season because of a lack of rain and weather forecasters could not hold out much hope of improvement.

28th August 2006
Millions of Tonnes of Grain Lost in China Drought -Planet Ark
A drought in southwest China, the worst in 50 years, has led to the loss of five million tonnes of grain and damaged more than two million hectares (7,700 sq miles) of farmland, state media said on Thursday.

25th August 2006
Voting with their forks - Los Angeles Times
'Americans are starting to understand "just how important the food issue is — how it is linked to energy and global warming (17% of our fossil fuel use goes to feeding ourselves)'

16th August 2006
High Temperatures Could Leave Seed Crop Sterile - GrainNet 
Some crop plant like rice, kidney beans, soybeans and peanuts stop producing seeds when exposed to high temperatures.

11th August 2006
Bangladeshis Pray for Rain to Save Key Rice Crop - Planet Ark
Bangladesh: A rare drought in the middle of the monsoon season is threatening crops that account for up to a third of the country's staple rice output, especially in the north.

3rd August 2006
Summer Heat Wave Sending Produce Prices On the Rise - News 10 Now
USA: Area produce providers and wholesalers are seeing supplies of perishable fruits and vegetables withering under the blistering sun, sending prices for the surviving crops skyrocketing on their way to area buyers.

28th July 2006
Heatwave hits vegetable supplies - BBC News
Europe: Supermarket vegetable aisles may be the latest victim of the hot summer.

28th July 2006
Grain drain: Get ready for Peak Grain - Infoshop News
Brace yourself for crises at the cash register. Major price hikes for food are coming, as Peak Grains join the lineup of life-changing events such as Peak Oil and Peak Water. Unless this year's harvest is unexpectedly different from six out of the last seven, the world's ever-decreasing number of farmers will not produce enough staple grains to feed its ever-increasing number of people.

24th July 2006
Erratic Monsoon Threatens Bangladesh Rice Crop - Planet Ark
"We are worried over the very poor rainfall which is going to affect rice cultivation in the north," said an official in Rangpur district.

24th July 2006
Higher temps may alter life in Midwest - Bradenton Herald
Higher temperatures and more turbulent weather will affect everything in the Midwest - from what trees dot the landscape to what wildlife roams the region to what crops farmers raise to how cities allocate water.

22nd July 2006
EU Wheat Prices Rise as Heatwave Threatens Crops - Planet Ark
European Union wheat prices extended recent gains on Tuesday amid growing concern about the impact of a scorching heatwave on northern European crops, dealers said.

19th July 2006
Drought Sears US Wheat, Corn Prices Soar - Planet Ark
Drought in the Great Plains will limit the US wheat crop to 1.806 billion bushels this year, the government forecast on Wednesday, but the farm-gate price for wheat and corn will be the highest in a decade.

13th July 2006
Canada's 'Winterpeg' Facing a Dry Summer - Planet Ark
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - This western Canadian city, nicknamed Winterpeg for its bitterly cold winters, is baking under the summer sun and facing its driest June and July on record, Environment Canada said Wednesday, and regional crops are showing signs of stress.

13th July 2006
Climate change seen affecting crop yields - Bangkok Post
Climate experts have warned of a drastic decline in Thai agricultural crop yields due to hotter weather and more frequent occurrence of natural disasters triggered by climate change and global warming.

9th July 2006
More Than Drought Affecting Wheat Yields - Science Daily
Wheat streak mosaic virus and red stripe virus are both vectored by the wheat curl mite; all have increased due to unusual weather. Higher temperatures reduce wheat's resistance to these attacks.

9th June 2006
Climate change could crush wheat yields - The Age 
Soaring temperatures and declining rainfalls caused by climate change could wipe a billion dollars a year off Australia's wheat industry within 30 years, a study suggests.

7th June 2006
Weather-Hit Crops Tighten European Wheat Supply - Planet Ark
Flooded fields in central Europe, a harsh Black Sea winter and low rainfall in France have dimmed the prospects for this summer's wheat crop, adding to tightening world supplies next season, analysts said on Friday.

22nd May 2006
China Faces Rising Temperatures, Shrinking Crops - Planet Ark
China's average temperature may rise by 2.8 degrees Celsius by 2030 and its crop production could tumble by 10 percent as global warming throws the climate into disarray, a senior Chinese climate official said on Thursday.

19th May 2006
Global Food Supply Near the Breaking Point - IPS 
Rising population, water shortages, climate change, and the growing costs of fossil fuel-based fertilisers point to a calamitous shortfall in the world's grain supplies in the near future, according to Canada's National Farmers Union.

18th May 2006
Drought threatens spring planting in Canadian west - Reuters 
Parts of Canada's grain belt will need timely spring rains to stave off drought conditions as the planting season approaches, crop and weather specialists warn. Soil moisture is below average in much of Alberta and pockets of Saskatchewan, where fall rains and winter snowfall were minimal.

17th March 2006
Katrina gobbles up crops - Montgomery Advertiser
Hurricane Katrina damaged pecans, cotton, peanuts and nurseries throughout southwest Alabama, with the pecan crop largely lost in Mobile and Baldwin counties, where much of it usually is produced.

6 September 2005
Katrina leaves damaged crops, fuel frustrations - Northeast Missippi Daily Journal
"The statewide corn yields may be reduced as much as 20 percent," said Erick Larson, grain crops specialist with Mississippi State University's Extension Service.

6 September 2005
Climate food crisis 'to deepen' - BBC News
Climate change threatens to put far more people at risk of hunger over the next 50 years than previously thought, according to new research.

6 September 2005
Climate change raises risk of hunger - Reuters
About 50 million more people, most of them in Africa, could be at risk of hunger by 2050 due to climate change and reduced crop yields, scientists predicted on Monday.

5 September 2005
Climate change threatens crop losses, more hungry people - UN
Climate change threatens to increase crop losses, increase the number of people facing malnutrition, or worse, and may change the development patterns of animal diseases and plant pests, the United Nations agricultural agency says in a new report.

26 May 2005