In Perspective: Agriculture’s Achilles’ heal
Food production always has been linked to the cycles of weather. When the weather patterns change, civilizations change either by collapsing, moving or reinvigorating. This is a repeating pattern. Considering that many of the ancient civilizations existed for hundreds of years, it shows that no matter how advanced civilizations are, they still rely on weather because agriculture is the touchstone of life.
The question remains if the pattern of weather volatility will continue. Many meteorologists have suggested the volatility will continue and perhaps worsen.
Agriculture, for all its advances and modernization, is still fragile and reliant upon weather. What remains to be seen is if these weather patterns will wreak enough havoc to cause a domino effect against our civilization.
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