Diverse farming protects against climate change

Responding to climate change is a challenge for global agriculture. In the coming decades, differences in rainfall, temperatures and the ranges of plants and pest species will transform agriculture. Developing countries are predicted to experience stronger impacts than others. For example, by the 2050s, densely populated river deltas in South and Southeast Asia are predicted to be prone to seawater flooding. At the same time, fresh water supplies are projected to decrease (IPCC 2007). While GE (genetic engineering) continues to promise solutions, ecological farming delivers.

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