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August 4th, 2017 / IFL Science

No matter how hard we work at stopping it, some human-driven climate change is inevitable. It’s already happening, and it will continue to happen even if we drawdown carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

This means that there are certain adaptations we need to make in order to make it through the extreme heatwaves, droughts, floods, storms, famines, conflicts, and refugee crises. One of these involves crops: In plenty of nations, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, temperatures are rising too sharply and agriculture is failing.

This means we need to change the way we grow food in order to survive in certain places around the world. However, plenty of studies confirm that we simply cannot grow new varieties of crops faster than the mercury rises. Sadly, a new study led by Harvard University reveals that the damage to crops will be worse than anyone previously expected.

Although much more research needs to be done, GM crops show enormous potential for being more nutritious than conventional crops, and – among other things – climate change resistant. Perhaps this is where the future lies in our inevitably warmer world. Read more