climate change's impact on agriculture

by Devon Sarkissian on April 19, 2018 - 7:59pm

In Agriculture’s Portfolio for an Uncertain Future: Preparing for Global Warming, readers are informed that global warming poses threats on agriculture.  Since agriculture takes place outdoors, climate change affects when, where, and how food and timber are produced (Drabenstott, 1992).  Changes in climate can cut crop yields, force regional shifts in production, an increase in irrigation costs, etc.  Luckily, major technological changes have been made in the twentieth century to make agriculture more adaptable.

The future climate is very uncertain, however there is still hope for agriculture.  For example, although certain farm lands would become unproductive due to climate change, greater investments in research could enhance productivity on other land bases (Drabenstott, 1992).  In other words, this article explains that even though we could lose land, we can gain some.  It is clearly seen that farmers and foresters can adapt as the climate changes, however it is strongly suggested for policymakers to create a portfolio of climate change assets and then follow through with it.  There must be multiple adaption options to be certain there are ways to combat the uncertain future.  Also, our agricultural resources must be strengthened now before climate change weakens them.

Agriculture’s Portfolio for an Uncertain Future: Preparing for Global Warming is an informative article that taught me a lot about climate change and it’s impacts on agriculture.  Not being certain of the future’s climate is quite frightening, however, I am confident that farmers will be able to adapt using today’s technology and the portfolio suggestion.  This article leaves me with one question; is there anything individuals like myself can do to prevent agricultural harm?


Hi Devon,
First, I would like to tell you that your summary was very interesting and well written. The issue you are addressing is very worth our attention and affects all of us.
To answer your question, I would personally suggest you to keep track and try to decrease your CO2 emission as well as your energy consumption. Little by little, it could contribute to smooth the effects of climate change and global warming. All little actions will pay off. You could also try to have a more biologic diet and try to reduce your meat consumption, to reduce the impacts of your alimentation on the environment.
To have the opinion of experts, I found a very nice article about the causes and solutions of agricultural crisis; The Farm Crisis: Its Causes and Solutions, by the National Farmers Union’s (Canada). It says that the best thing to do is to eat organic and to encourage local production. Also, we should try to support people producing food in rural communities and regions. It could help by reducing the carbon dioxide emission, creating jobs, and also contributing to our health.

The National Farmers Union’s. (2005, July 5). The Farm Crisis: Its Causes and solutions. (accessed on April 20, 2018). Retrieved from:

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