Is talk about climate change good for ag research?

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Even though some AgProfessional readers don’t like global warming or climate change ever mentioned. More and more publicity about the possibility of climate change is being generated and read by the general population. It still seems prudent to provide our business to business readers with the messages that are being written to influence voters, governments and policy makers around the world.

For example, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued research that indicates climate change could reduce world food production by 2 percent per decade through 2100. The IPCC was established in the late 1980s by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Then there is the report: Feeding the Planet in a Warming World, a report by The London School of Economics and the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF).

“The report argues that we must focus on advancing research and development in plant and animal genetics and new agricultural practices to address the global food shortages that will be caused by climate change. The authors recommend policy reforms designed to dramatically increase government investment in agricultural research, development and deployment, while also transforming the regulatory framework for and increasing the use of genetically modified (GM) foods,” as noted by William Dube, IFNF communications director for the Washington, D.C., organization.

“Climate change is a fact, and we need to focus public policy on adaptation strategies that can mitigate the impacts on systems such as agriculture,” said Matthew Stepp, senior policy analyst with ITIF and co-author of the report.

Those who are proponents of biotechnology should take some pleasure that if weather change is occurring then biotechnology is a solution to keep agricultural production high and increasing. And does talk about climate change actually turn into a good thing for agricultural research funding, too?

To read the ITIF report click here

 


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farmer50    
Iowa  |  November, 05, 2013 at 09:44 AM

People regurgitate what they are taught by activists. Scientist are now told by politicians what the results are and if they want their grants they better produce the correct results.

Graybull    
Wyo  |  November, 05, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Easy answer to your headline question………… NO

Cole    
WA  |  November, 05, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Climate change will cause an increase in temperature for most areas, and humans are largely responsible. This is a settled issue, and has been settled for years. The current debate is over the net effects of climate change (both negative and positive) and how much investment is necessary to adapt our food production systems to a warmer world. I am an ag researcher, and I see climate change as a great opportunity to learn and innovate in the coming years.

Graybull    
Wyo  |  November, 05, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Cole……sorry about your gullible and delusional state……..hope things get better for you. You are positive proof about the current state of ag research.

Cole    
WA  |  November, 05, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Graybull, do you have a science or policy-related point to make, or are you just lashing out aimlessly?

Graybull    
Wyo  |  November, 05, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Yes…….my point is that it takes quality researchers to conduct quality research.


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