Thanks to Jenny Goldie for this NPR interview. To listen to the broadcast, visit http://www.npr.org/2011/08/12/139579616/feeding-a-hotter-more-crowded-planet. Below is a transcript of the opening of the program. For the full transcript, visit https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B5F-idWfw7TeYWNjYzIxYjEtMzhjYi00NjM3LThmMGYtNGUzN2U4MzA5Mjg3&hl=en_US
Feeding A Hotter, More Crowded Planet
August 12, 2011
Nearly a billion people worldwide don’t have reliable access to food, according to United Nations estimates, and some experts worry climate change will drive that number even higher. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the future of food security, and how farmers may need to adapt in coming generations.
IRA FLATOW, host: You’re listening to SCIENCE FRIDAY, I’m Ira Flatow. The American Southwest is beginning to resemble the Dust Bowl of the Depression. Cotton crops have crumbled. It hasn’t rained much in over a year.
The situation is even worse in East Africa. Droughts there have devastated harvests, and according to the U.N., over 11 million people there are at risk of starvation. I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures on the nightly news and online.
Is this sort of thing going to become the norm? Because climate models predict that extreme weather events, like droughts and floods, will become more common in the future, threatening farmers’ ability to produce reliable harvests.
And not only will growing the food become more difficult, but the farmers will need to produce more of it because by the year 2050, there will be another two billion people on the planet, meaning we’ll have over nine billion mouths to feed.
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