Latest News: Technology |  Celebrity |  Movies |  Apple |  Cars |  Business |  Sports |  TV Shows |  Geek

Trending

Filed under: News | Misc

 

With Climate Change, What's Better For The Farm Is Better For The Planet

Feb 6 2014, 12:45pm CST | by

1 Updates
With Climate Change, What's Better For The Farm Is Better For The Planet
 
 

YouTube Videos Comments

Full Story

With Climate Change, What's Better For The Farm Is Better For The Planet

Climate change is no longer a doomsday theory about our distant future – it’s here.  Farmers around the world are already dealing with more variable climates and dramatic weather events, like the drought in California and gigantic typhoons in Asia.

So what can be done?

In light of the fact that today so few of the planet’s residents seem willing or able to reform old habits, farmers – especially those in developing nations – will have to adjust to climate change as fast, and as cheaply, as possible.  Or, in the parlance of those who study climate change, they will have to both “mitigate” to lessen the effects of climate change and “adapt” to their new surroundings.

Often, feeding the world in the face of climate change is viewed as a solely technological problem.  If we could just get farmers new and improved drought resistant seeds, the argument goes, or more fertilizer, yields could rise and everyone could eat.

But researchers at the CGIAR Research Program onClimate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) – a global consortium of major agricultural research groups with almost 10,000 scientists and staff around the world – says very low-tech adaptation and mitigation strategies for farmers is essential in the face of changing weather.  In fact, many of the methods farmers can use to adapt to increased variability will also make their farm more resilient and (mitigation).

“A simple example is, if a farmer increases organic matter in soil, that increases the carbon storage – a mitigation function – but more organic matter also means water capacity,” says Sonja Vermeulen, the Head of Research for CCAFS.  “So that means you are much better able to deal with delayed onset of rains, or dry spells which are the kinds of problems farmers are dealing with under climate change.”

The graphic below – created by Column Five Media for CCAFS – depicts strategies believed to be most important for farmers in the developing world.  Holistic approaches like diversifying farms, agroforestry (combining trees with crops), and adapting more sustainable farming techniques will be the key to making farmers more resilient. For more information on climate change in agriculture, see CCAFS’s newly designed website.

Source: Forbes

 

You Might Also Like

Updates


Sponsored Update


Advertisement


More From the Web

Shopping Deals

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/31" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

 

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Apple investigates celebrity photo hacking scandal
Apple investigates celebrity photo hacking scandal
Apple: We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report.
 
 
Rob Gronkowski to Suit Up in Week 1 Vs. Miami Dolphins
Rob Gronkowski to Suit Up in Week 1 Vs. Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who's coming off a right knee injury, declared he will suit up in Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season against the Miami Dolphins.
 
 
Nude celebrity photos reportedly obtained through iCloud, Dropbox backups
Nude celebrity photos reportedly obtained through iCloud, Dropbox backups
One very possible theory is that the photos were obtained from iCloud and Dropbox accounts, reports The Guardian.
 
 
Tony Romo Confident Heading Into Week 1 of NFL Regular Season
Tony Romo Confident Heading Into Week 1 of NFL Regular Season
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told the media on Sept. 1 that his quarterback, Tony Romo, has "got that look on his face" and is confident heading into the Cowboys' Week 1 showdown against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 7.
 
 
 

About the Geek Mind

The “geek mind” is concerned with more than just the latest iPhone rumors, or which company will win the gaming console wars. I4U is concerned with more than just the latest photo shoot or other celebrity gossip.

The “geek mind” is concerned with life, in all its different forms and facets. The geek mind wants to know about societal and financial issues, both abroad and at home. If a Fortune 500 decides to raise their minimum wage, or any high priority news, the geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants to know the top teams in the National Football League, or who’s likely to win the NBA Finals this coming year. The geek mind wants to know who the hottest new models are, or whether the newest blockbuster movie is worth seeing. The geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants—needs—knowledge.

Read more about The Geek Mind.