Agriculture / Climate Change / Food Security / ILRI

Food prices likely to rise with temperatures

Van Gogh_The Sower, 1888

Vincent Van Gogh, 'The Sower,' oil on canvas (Kröller-Müller Museum, Netherlands).

‘If average global temperatures keep rising prices for vital food resources could rise by more than 130 percent, an analysis released in Mexico finds. . . .

‘A study by the International Livestock Research Institute concludes that if temperatures continue to rise, maize prices could increase by 131 percent within the next 40 years.

‘Philip Thornton, a lead author of the ILRI report, told the United Nations’ humanitarian news agency IRIN that it was important that negotiators at a climate summit in Cancun, Mexico, come to grips with the potential catastrophic effects of global warming.

‘”(We wanted) … to get countries in Cancun to take action now to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius by the turn of the century,” he said. “Otherwise we are headed toward a 4-degree rise if greenhouse gas emissions remain unchecked.”. . .’

Read the whole article at UPI: Food prices rise with temperature, 6 December 2010.

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