Global Warming could Cause Food Shortages
There’s another very good reason to be afraid of global warming it could cause serious food shortages. Reports from NASA and other organizations indicate that rising temperatures created by greenhouse gases could make it a lot harder to grow food in the near future.
More and more regions of the Earth are simply getting too hot to raise crops in satellite images reveal, NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan told Business Insider. Temperatures over 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) interfere with photosynthesis – the process by which plants convert carbon dioxide into carbohydrates (food) – according to Stofan.
A NASA analysis of global temperature anomalies from 1880 to 2014 revealed that the number of places in the world where temperatures regularly reach those numbers is growing fast. This includes some heavily populated areas including Southeast Asia, the Himalayas and Southern Africa.
Two other reports were far pessimistic than Stofan. Using data from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change the Gratham Mayo van Otterloo quarterly report could face a breakdown of food supplies because of droughts and flooding created by global warming.
Food prices could be four times four times higher in 2040 because of climate change a report from the Global Sustainability Institute of Anglia Ruskin University. The Institutes’ Director Aled Jones believes that the world could face catastrophic food shortages because of global warming.
“In this scenario, global society essentially collapses as food production falls permanently short of consumption,” Jones told Business Insider.
How LENR could Prevent Food Shortages
These reports should give us yet another reason to make major investments into potential energy technologies such as Low Energy Nuclear Reaction or LENR.
There are three ways in which LENR or cold fusion could help prevent food shortages:
- By providing an alternative source of heat for electric power plants and industry that does not generate large amounts of air pollution which creates the problem in the first place.
- LENR could provide a cheap source of nonpolluting heat for desalination of sea water which could end water shortages and make lots of water available for agriculture. This could alleviate some of the worst effects of the mega drought now affecting California and the American Southwest.
- LENR could also provide the large amounts of cheap heat and electricity for next generation agriculture methods such as hydroponics. Hydroponics is a growing business all over the world. Widespread use of hydroponics could make large amounts of food available at low prices. One advantage to hydroponics is that it would enable large scale production of vegetables and other healthy food in or near cities and other population centers which could greatly reduce transportation costs. Since Hydroponics is done indoors it is not affected by the weather so it can be carried out in regions inhospitable to traditional agriculture such as deserts and the Arctic. Long term hydroponics could be used to grow food on Mars, the moon or on space stations.
Hopefully these reports will provide incentive to put more money into next generation energy research and development. New energy sources are urgently needed now if humanity wants to eat in the future.