March 18, 2011

Climate change, how does agriculture adapt?

Everybody knows that some kind of climate change is occuring. The question is, can agriculture use climate change to its advantage?

Studies show that some crops, like cotton, can handle higher temperatures more efficiently, while others, like corn and grain sorghum, are very responsive to elevated levels of carbon dioxide.

Some physiologists have attributed the increase in cotton yields over the past 20 years to the slow, upward trend in carbon dioxide.

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