In the discussion thread: Heat Wave Wilts Corn as Supplies Diminish Most Since 1996 [View all]
Response to lovuian (Reply #1)
Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:52 AM
NickB79 (12,767 posts)
9. Even corn specifically engineered to resist drought isn't up to par against global warming
For example: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/05/corn-monsanto-idUSL1E8H4JMW20120605
June 5 (Reuters) - New genetically altered corn aimed at helping farmers deal with drought offers more hype than help over the long term, according to a report issued on Tu esday by a science and environmental advocacy group.
The Union for Concerned Scientists (UCS) said the only genetically altered corn approved by regulators and undergoing field trials in the United States has no improved water efficiency, and provides only modest results in only moderate drought conditions.
The problem is actually two-fold. Even if a corn plant survives droughts, these heatwaves that are becoming more and more frequent are having a major detrimental impact on pollination. So, you could theoretically have a field of nice-looking but cobless corn that's only good to be chopped for silage feed.
We're going to have a hell of a time feeding the global population in the coming years. The future we all feared, the one climate scientists warned us about, is here
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