Postindustrial subsistence farming? Will this really be necessary? you better pay attention to climate change or as its sometimes called global warming.
There are two salient issues concerning agriculture and climate change in the years directly ahead. First is the fact that the effects will differ from one region to another. The second is that the disturbances of climate change will intersect with the decline of oil and natural gas resources, which has allowed human beings to practice an extraordinary productive kind of industrial agriculture for about a century and enabled a fantastic mega growth of human population. Climate change is going to combine with the termination of oil and gas based farming to very negatively affect the world food supply. A lot of people will go hungry in the days ahead, many of them will die. Where the current phase of global warming is concerned, we really do not know yet what the geographic distribution of warming will be, that is, which places will get a lot warmer, a little warmer, hardly warmer at all, or what the affects will be on rainfall patterns, the ability of the soils in the given region to retain moisture. Eurasia may benefit and the Great Plains of North America may suffer, or vice versa. The growing seasons in both places may get longer, but the benefits of that may be canceled out by drought in both regions. And this is just the beginning…….