Experts Say That Climate Change Is Disastrous For Crops

Put another way, many climate experts are complete morons.

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44 Responses to Experts Say That Climate Change Is Disastrous For Crops

  1. cg says:

    Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses and commented:
    I agree with you.

  2. Dave N says:

    Give the data to NCDC; they’ll “fix” it

  3. Robertv says:

    How many US farmers use Yo-Yos ?

  4. CO2 is bad for crops, as is sunlight, water, nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus

  5. Perry says:

    Each species occupies its own niche in nature. If the conditions change, some species adapt, others become extinct. Environ MENTALISTS are of a species that only flourishes where there are grants & a miasma of CO2 fear. As the grants dry up & CO2 re-asserts its status as a plant food, watermelons will perish, because they are genetically inferior, as illustrated by their colouration (green & red), delusional behaviour (Panicus Modus) & not being able to comprehend the wheel of fortune. http://cliodynamics.info/MathHist.htm

    I look forward to the purge, whence they are flushed out of society.

  6. rah says:

    Unlike the weather crop yields are tracked in detail by the private sector because they are a commodity. This helps prevent the government or any NGO from distorting the data. Now what I would like to know is why the price of beef and pork products have gone up so much in the past year when obviously fodder is in abundance. I don’t think that the really pretty limited use of yeild for biofuels can come close to explaining the increases we’ve been seeing. So why the heck are my Porterhouses and bacon so expensive now?

    • Robertv says:

      QE1 + QE2 + QE3 +

    • Gail Combs says:

      The Food Safety Modernization Act just went into effect so expect food costs to skyrocket.

      I do not know about anyone else but I sold off all my meat animals and went into fiber animals instead since they are not regulated. Any one who decided to stay in production would pass along all the costs associated with gearing up to comply with all the new regulations. Don’t forget the dime size spot of rust that cost the Dollarhite fines of up to $3.9 million in fines for the “crime” of selling more than $500 worth of bunnies during a single calendar year…

      I was going to put up a link at the FDA to the full text of the law but it has been removed. SURPRISE!

      Anyway the law references the World Trade Organization and Good Agricultural Practices by NAME.
      These ‘Good Agricultural Practices’ are from FAO and OIE (UN) The OIE in conjunction with the World Trade Organization developed a draft “GUIDE TO GOOD FARMING PRACTICES ”

      This is by Doreen in 2009 during the fight against The Food Safety Modernization Act. She quotes large sections of the bill and the guide to “Guide to Good Farming Practices” This is what any livestock farmer who was following the fight closely would remember.

      ….In the OIE’s “Guide to Good Farming Practices” the management of a livestock facility are clearly spelled out. Some of these recommendations that would become defacto law in the US under agency rule-making on passage of HR2749 (GGFP delineates international guidelines for food safety at the farm level) are:

      – For each animal…Require and keep all commercial and health documents enabling their exact itinerary to be traced from their farm or establishment to their final destination…

      – Keep a record of all persons entering the farm…..

      – Keep medical certificates of persons working with the animals……

      – Keep documents proving the water you give to the animals meets specific criteria

      – Keep samples of all feed given to the animals

      – Keep all documents from official inspections

      – Keep records of treatment and procedures on all animals (castration, disbudding, calving, medications, etc.)

      – Prevent domestic animals (cats and dogs) from roaming in and around livestock buildings

      – Place all these documents at the disposal of the competent authority (Veterinary Services) when it conducts farm visits.

      Some of the other guidelines and standards that would come into play after the implementation of traceability for all agricultural products would be : (from FAO COAG/17 “Development of a Framework for Good Agricultural Practices”) “the adoption and implementation of international standards and codes for which Codex food safety standards and guidelines have been designed, and the associated capacity building, training, development and field implementation in the context of the different production systems and agro-ecozones. These include: Enhancing Food Quality and Safety by Strengthening Handling, Processing and Marketing in the Food Chain (214A9); Capacity Building and Risk Analysis Methodologies for Compliance with Food Safety Standards and Pesticide Control (215P1); Food Quality Control and Consumer Protection (221P5); Food Safety Assessment and Rapid Alert System (221P6); and Food Quality and Safety Throughout the Food Chain (221P8).”*

      To be certified as meeting the requirements of “GAP”, which is synonymous with being in compliance with international standards and guidelines, we can check out GlobalGAP.org. This is “the” certifying methodology for international trade in ag products. Here are a few excerpts from their 122-page general regulations booklet that has links to checklists for those who would be certifiers and auditors under the principles of GAP.
      http://newswithviews.com/Hannes/doreen100.htm

      This is the newest version:
      GUIDE TO GOOD FARMING PRACTICES FOR ANIMAL PRODUCTION FOOD SAFETY This has changed a lot since the draft copy I looked at several years ago. The USDA has also morphed the title since the last time I checked:

      Click to access good_farming_practices.pdf

      So far I haven’t found anything yet on raising livestock animals for food except the requirement for tagging. All my old links are dead.
      There is this:
      FAO GAPs (fruits and veggies)

      What are Good Agricultural Practices?

      A multiplicity of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) codes, standards and regulations have been developed in recent years by the food industry and producers organizations but also governments and NGOs, aiming to codify agricultural practices at farm level for a range of commodities….
      http://www.fao.org/prods/gap/ [has links]

      And this:

      Food Safety

      USDA has developed a third-party audit certification program for food safety on the farm. The major areas of concern on the farm include worker hygiene, water quality, manure and compost management, and animal/livestock issues. In New England, some buyers are requesting and, in some cases, requiring that growers become certified in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). GAP contains several levels of certification and individual buyers may request one or more levels….
      2014 University of Massachusetts Amherst
      extensionDOTumass.edu/fruitadvisor/ne-small-fruit-management-guide/food-safety-0

      Heck the University of California @ Davis even goes into home veggie gardens!
      anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8366.pdf

      The University of California @ Davis is a very big player in the Sustainability fight including the Food Safety law. Orange Cloud (La Vida Locavore website) was attacking any of those against the new food safety bills. She lists her self as Jill Richardson Consultant but she is “UC San Diego” Sustainability Coordinator and is working on the practical aspects of UN Agenda 21 as far as I can tell.
      For example:

      Currently, we are particularly interested in receiving manuscripts that deal with some of the following subjects, although other submissions will continue to receive full consideration:
      Implementing sustainable development strategies, Rio-Agenda 21 and Millennium Development” Objectives: The Journal of Environment and Development
      Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies
      University of California, San Diego, MC0519
      9500 Gilman Drive
      La Jolla, CA 92037-0519, USA

      Raymond Clemencon another faculty member, was one of the negotiators on the Rio Declaration and of the Agenda 21
      http://irps.ucsd.edu/faculty/faculty-directory/raymond-clemencon.htm

      • mjc says:

        Don’t get me started on all that crap…

        The simple summary is, all proven and traditional methods of food production, that have been generally safe throughout hundreds of years of practice are now illegal.

        Pest control has now moved to chemical means only (no cats in barns…), for example.

        And those that thought the regulatory and reporting burden for being ‘certified organic’ were overbearing just had the paperwork and headaches multiply by orders of magnitude.

        Think of this being the bastard offspring of Obamacare and NAFTA…

        • Gail Combs says:

          And the consumer gets to pay more and more as farmer after farmer gives up until only the Big Ten are left with a world wide monopoly on food.

          Dan Amstutz, a former Cargill Vice-President, drafted the original text of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture while working at the United States Trade Representative’s office. The WTO was the puppet master behind the Food Safety Bill and the Ag Cartel ( the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council) was the puppet master behind the WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture. link

          I do not generally like to link to Larouche but he has a very nice round-up of the big ten. (one of the eleven has taken over another so now there are ten.)
          https://www.larouchepub.com/other/1995/2249_cartel_companies.html

        • Robertv says:

          And Obamba can’t even show a valid ‘bird’ certificate.

  7. rah says:

    RobertV

    Beef and Pork prices have risen 30% since 2010 way out stripping the inflation rate. Some claim that such a huge raise is due to the a rebound. During the recession the herd sizes were decreased and then when the economy picked up there was a shortage and a rush to increase herd sizes. But I don’t buy it. The really big increase has come in the last year or so after the economy had been more or less stable for a time.

    There is no doubt in my mind that we are heading towards another recession. There are too many bubbles and the dollar over all has not been performing well. The QEs were/are monetary fantasy and eventually those chickens are going to come home to roost in a big way.

    • mjc says:

      It came about because corn was artificially high…most of it going to biofuel or something stupid like that. And the hard winter…along with the ‘drought’ and ‘climate change’ being tacked on for good measure.

      • rah says:

        I have a friend who has a small hobby ranch and he can’t explain it to me either. Feed prices have not gone up that much according to him.

        • mjc says:

          There was also an outbreak of a viral pneumonia that pretty much devastated last spring’s piglet crop. They were going well over $100 for a piglet for the FFA/4H kids for the fair, around here this year, usually they are in th $50-$75 range.

        • rah says:

          Now there is a good explanation for part of it in the Pork prices. I had forgotten about that.

        • nielszoo says:

          I don’t know what he’s feeding but all my feed has done nothing but go up. Pig and horse feed has gone up 25 to 30 percent in the last few years and whole corn has gone up 70 percent in 6 years. The specialized dog food for our diabetic hound has jumped 35% in the last two years alone. All hay has gone up due to fuel prices so he’s either really lucky or bad at math.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Niel says: “…I don’t know what he’s feeding but all my feed has done nothing but go up.”

          Same here. It wasn’t all that long ago hay was $2 a bale instead of $6 and feed has more than doubled from $10/50# to $17/50# in 20 months.

      • Gail Combs says:

        Most of the animal feed is made from Distillers Grains, a cereal byproduct of the distillation process. The ethanol industry commonly sells this waste product cheap to the likes of Purina as a high protein livestock feed. It is actually a better feed and increases feed efficiency. It also unlike raw grains has an almost indefinite shelf life.

        This is the main component in the pellets I feed.

        • rah says:

          Saw that in the soya bean processing plants. The hulls and bean fiber left over after the oil extracted they called “mill feed”. And animal feed is where most of it was bound. .
          BTW anywhere that stuff gets wet and sits and rots it smells more like pig sh!^ than the real thing. Can’t get the smell out of your clothes or even footwear when you come in contact with it. Always wore those white paper disposable coveralls when I had to measure for a job in a soya bean processing plant.

        • mjc says:

          Anything ever come of this?

          http://www.ethanolproducer.com/articles/10535/new-headaches-for-distillers-grains-producers

          Those rules would be one way feed prices won’t follow grain prices.

        • Gail Combs says:

          March 31 was the close of the comment period.
          In April the FDA put up this:
          Questions and Answers for Brewers/Distillers on the Original FSMA Proposed Rule for Preventive Controls for Animal Food
          http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm394991.htm

        • mjc says:

          The new food safety law calls for FDA to create rules that help prevent food safety problems rather than relying primarily on reacting to problems.

          So…’it’s not our fault we are making it more costly and more difficult, it’s Congress’s’…

    • Gail Combs says:

      Oh, I should also mention thanks to the new regs the price of slaughtering a goat/sheep (50 – 100#) just went from $30 to $60 OUCH!

      • mjc says:

        Goats and sheep aren’t any worse than butchering a deer…

        • Gail Combs says:

          Unfortunately I faint at the sight of blood. Freaked my vet out since I generally finish what needs doing even if it takes hours and then keel over. (It is a royal pain.)

          Also thanks to all the Mexicans in the area, home butchering is now illegal in the county and the USDA/FDA/County is going after people in my area with a vengeance.

        • mjc says:

          Well, at least some things are still sane here in WV…

  8. Gamecock says:

    It appears that Gregory Meyer, writing in Financial Times, doesn’t know what “inflation” means.

  9. Justa Joe says:

    Expect to see a bunch of conventiently timed “peer reviewed” papers explaining how the greater crop yields are actually a bad thing. They won’t allow the great unwashed to become complacent. Dontcha know?

    • Gail Combs says:

      They are full of it as usual.
      WUWT looked at a UC Davis a few years ago. (notice this is the same group I mentioned earlier who is pushing UN Agenda 21) As one commenter, Dave Springer said:
      “The UC Davis study of wheat and mustard going only so far as nitrogen content of the leaves is borderline fraud if you ask me. This whole freaking AGW movement is replete with fraud. Heads need to roll. Lots of them from both academia and governments and media. Sorry to be so crude and angry but this stunt from UC Davis really chafed my hide after just a little bit of investigation of the prior art revealed its unscrupulous nature.”
      He posted this goody at WUWT:

      A wealth of information about CO2 concentration and nitrogen activity can be found here. http://www.co2science.org/subject/n/nitrogenefficiency.php
      Wheat Production in Stressed Environments
      http://books.google.com/books?id=HAodr0B0KzsC&pg=PA345&lpg=PA347&ots=qPw9qEBTIz&dq=%22Effects+of+high+atmospheric+CO2+and+heat+stress+on+phytomass,+yield+and+grain%22

      In one peer reviewed article from 2005 it was found that in durum wheat the nitrogen level in the leaves decreased with higher CO2 but at the same time the nitrogen level in the stems and seeds increased. Both biomass and grain yields increased under all nutrient and water regimes where CO2 was higher. This agrees with article which is the subject of this post. The authors measured the leaf nitrogen content and found it lower with increased CO2. However, they failed (purposely?) to grow the plants to maturity and measure the nitrogen content in the seed. It appears that the plants in the higher CO2 regime are able to use less nitrogen to generate more leaf mass and then deposit the excess nitrogen in the seeds where it will be of benefit to the next generation.

      LIES, LIES and MORE LIES, I feel like a darn mushroom trying to make it out to the sun.

      • mjc says:

        It’s more of the fantasy-land BS.

        It’s been known for a very long time that plants will only store the nutrients they need. In other words, dump all the fertilizer you want on a field and it won’t increase the nutrition the plant will provide to something that eats that plant. But increase the capability of the plant to produce more (like adding CO2) and then the plant can ‘store’ more.

  10. What could possibly go wrong? says:

    Who cares about grain when GRAVITY ITSELF is jeopardized by climate change?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2774948/Is-global-warming-weakening-Earth-s-gravity-Satellite-finds-variations-Antarctica-ice-melting-fastest.html

    Not short before we will all go flying into space and suffocating!!!!!!11111

    • Jason Calley says:

      I normally try to just grit my teeth when I see an article that is more than normally foolish. That Daily Mail article, however, pegged my stupid-ometer. Seriously, it has so many elementary and fundamental errors that I considered swallowing my tongue as a quick means of relief (both psychological and physiological.) The only good thing I could say about it is that it was published on a little island far, far away.

    • mjc says:

      I first saw something about that on Monday (a different article, I guess)…and started looking. One thing that I found, the same kind of gravity ‘wonkiness’ shows up around almost all active volcanic areas…

    • tom0mason says:

      Oh come on, it’s a laugh surely?
      They’ve descovered that if you remove some mass from an area then the gravitational pull changes – wow! – like when I finish this can of soda it weighs less (and I weigh more)?
      That’s amazing.

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