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Letter: Soaring temperatures will reduce food supply

Soaring temperatures will reduce food supply

The rise in sea level is the least of the problems that could be caused by global warming.

The commodities section of most good financial newspapers reports on the temperatures in the Corn Belt during June, July and August because it is a well-known fact that corn’s ability to pollinate decreases greatly when the temperature reaches the mid-90s, and corn cannot pollinate at 100 degrees. Since 95-plus degree days are common during the summer in the Corn Belt, we are already at the breaking point. Any additional increase in average temperature will decrease production of America’s No. 1 crop, and add to food costs.

There have been several studies that concluded that global warming already has accounted for a decline in corn production and an increase in food prices. One study predicts that corn production could decline by 80 percent during the next 100 years. I hope this is an exaggeration, but it is undeniable that the current trend is very unfavorable. If this trend continues, crop failures will become more common, and food prices could soar. Since we all have to eat, global warming will have a significant cost to everyone.

Global warning’s impact on food supply is much more important to most Americans than a rise in sea levels. Even if you live hundreds of miles from the rising sea, you are going to a pay a high price for global warming. Any economic benefits gained in the Rust Belt by lax pollution regulations could be minor compared with the additional costs citizens will pay for food. Don’t think global warming doesn’t apply to you!

Leonard Almquist

Hamburg

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