One report says global grain at record high
"The relationship between food security, grain production, and climate change is especially important in 2012," said Nierenberg, a Worldwatch senior researcher and Nourishing the Planet project director. "The recent drought affecting the United States and the rest of the world show the need to reduce price volatility, move away from fossil fuel-based agriculture and recognize the importance of women farmers to increase resilience to climate change."
The discussion about the U.S. drought is more about how grain price fluctuations will inevitably affect food security around the globe. “The global market will be most affected by this drought, as so much of the developing world relies on U.S. corn and soybean production. How such concerns match with the headline of global grain production being at a record high isn’t explained in the information released by Worldwatch.
Further highlights from the report related to 2012 grain production as issued by Worldwatch are as follows:
• The FAO expects global maize production to increase 4.1 percent from 2011, reaching an estimated 916 million tons in 2012.
• Global rice production achieved an all-time high of 480 million tons in 2011, a 2.6 percent increase from 2010 (explanation of 2012 connection not included).
• World wheat production is projected to drop to 675.1 million tons in 2012, down 3.6 percent from 2011, with the largest declines in feed and biofuel utilization.
• Since 1961, grain production has increased 269 percent and grain yield has increased 157 percent, while the grain harvest area has increased only 25 percent. This is due largely to the Green Revolution and the introduction of high-yielding grain varieties.
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