Farmers, Don’t Count on Technology to Protect Agriculture from Climate Change

This article discusses how climate change will affect food production. Farmers, Don’t Count on Technology to Protect Agriculture from Climate Change. The worsening impact of heat, drought and extreme weather will overtake tech and science advances within decades at the current pace, new U.S. climate report warns.

Of all the U.S. industries threatened by climate change, agriculture—and the broader food system it supports—is especially vulnerable to unchecked global warming, the new National Climate Assessment released by 13 federal agencies warns.

Amid the report’s grim projections for agriculture, the authors make an especially notable prediction: Advances in science and technology, like precision irrigation, drought-resistant crops and targeted fertilizer treatments, will only go so far toward helping farmers and ranchers cope with increasingly erratic weather.

The effects of climate change on American farms and ranches will likely outpace technological fixes within decades, even with the present pace of agricultural innovation, the report says.

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