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11 Sep 2012, 12:49 pm

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I read in the next two decades the price of all food is going to at least double because of extreme weather and climate change.


Actually, a warmer climate is likely to lead to a greater abundance of food, not less. Historically, when the Earth warmed up, there was more food and life was easier. It is when the climate turns cold that food becomes scarce.

If the price of food doubles over the next two decades, it is because of inflation (i.e. government theft from people who save money), not because of scarcities of food.



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11 Sep 2012, 1:39 pm

eric76 wrote:
lostonearth35 wrote:
I read in the next two decades the price of all food is going to at least double because of extreme weather and climate change.


Actually, a warmer climate is likely to lead to a greater abundance of food, not less. Historically, when the Earth warmed up, there was more food and life was easier. It is when the climate turns cold that food becomes scarce.


That is true only after the changed climate has stabilized. What we are heading into right now is extreme destabilization because of climate change, giving us extreme weather. We have already started getting an increase in droughts, floods and hurricanes.

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If the price of food doubles over the next two decades, it is because of inflation (i.e. government theft from people who save money), not because of scarcities of food.


It will be scarcities of food. It already is and already probably because of climate change. The extreme drought in the midwestern US this summer killed quite a bit of the corn and soy crops, pushing up prices. This sort of phenomenon- crops destroyed by extreme weather- is predicted to increase and is what lostonearth is referring to. In the distant future the earth will probably stabilize at a higher tempurature, as it has done cyclically in the past. Whatever life forms inhabit the planet at that time will enjoy abundance. Hopefully our descendents will be among these life forms. But in the immediate future, things are going to be rough.



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11 Sep 2012, 1:42 pm

You are confusing weather with climate.

We've had droughts off and on as far back as we know. There is no reason to suddenly classify the current drought as climate change.



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11 Sep 2012, 1:45 pm

Are you aware that about 8,000 years ago, when mankind was pretty much starting to cultivate crops, the average temperature in the Northern Hemisphere was substantially higher than today?