Staple food crops and a changing climate…
Here’s an interesting article from the BBC about how the adaptability and climatic suitability of staple food crops will play an increasing role in the future as climate patterns change. Maize, rice, and wheat may see a decrease in cultivation and consumption as more adaptable crops such as banana, cassava, and cowpea become more important.
(From the BBC)
Researchers from the CGIAR agricultural partnership say the fruit might replace potatoes in some developing countries.
Cassava and the little known cowpea plant could play increasingly important roles in agriculture as temperatures rise.
People will have to adapt to new and varied menus as traditional crops struggle say the authors.
Responding to a request from the United Nations’ committee on world food security, a group of experts in the field looked at the projected effects of climate change on 22 of the world’s most important agricultural commodities.
They predict that the world’s three biggest crops in terms of calories provided – maize, rice and wheat – will decrease in many developing countries.
They suggest that the potato, which grows best in cooler climates, could also suffer as temperatures increase and weather becomes more volatile.
The authors argue that these changes “could provide an opening for cultivating certain varieties of bananas” at higher altitudes, even in those places that currently grow potatoes.
Read full article Bananas could replace potatoes in warming world, at BBC news…