When climate change hurts crops, everyone suffers
Editor’s note: We’re publishing a series from The Story Group that shows Americans on the front lines of climate change. The videos put faces to the warnings in the latest National Climate Assessment.
“This isn’t just about plants and animals. It’s about people, it’s about societies,” says Gene Takle, a convening lead author of the National Climate Assessment’s Agriculture chapter.
Climate disruptions to our food system have already increased in the last 50 years, and will continue to do so. Many regions will experience declines in crop and livestock production from increased stress due to weeds, diseases, insect pests, and other climate change-induced problems.