Global wheat production set new records in 2013 and 2014, contradicting alarmists’ claims that global warming is reducing wheat harvests according to Forbes contributor James Taylor.
Taylor is quite explicit in name calling and using besmirching adjectives about those who believe in global warming. He was incensed about a recent Reuters article that claimed that wheat yields had declined in hotter sites of the world and more than offset yield gains in some cooler places including parts of the United States, Europe and China.
It would seem hard for Reuters or Taylor to separate production and seed quality improving wheat production from weather conditions. Taylor took it on himself to fact-check the statements from Reuters.
Taylor wrote, “Let’s start by looking at Africa. Egypt is the only African nation that cracks the global top 20 in wheat production. In Egypt, wheat output has quadrupled during the past three decades, with the past 10 years producing the 10 highest wheat crops in Egyptian history. This is quite a contradiction to Reuters’ claim that ‘In recent decades, wheat yields had declined in hotter sites such as India, Africa, Brazil and Australia….’And it’s not just Egypt, either. Africa’s second largest wheat producer, Morocco, produced its largest wheat crop in history in 2013.
“On the other side of the African continent, South Africa also produced record wheat yields in 2014, continuing a trend of rising South African wheat yields that extends back to the 1980s. Taking advantage of rapidly rising wheat yields, South Africans have been able to cut the area cultivated for wheat production to merely one-third of 1980s levels while still maintaining steady total wheat production.”
Taylor also wrote about Brazil, India and Australia, and he eventually concluded by writing that this wheat yield fact check is a perfect illustration of all that is wrong with the alarmist global warming movement.