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In the World's Breadbasket, Climate Change Feeds Worry

By Christine Stebbins
Reuters
September 6, 2011

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/05/us-usa-agriculture-climate-idUSTRE7843GS20110905

CHICAGO - It can't happen here, can it?

 The United States, the breadbasket and supplier of last
 resort for a hungry world, has been such an amazing food
 producer in the last half-century that most Americans take
 for granted annual bounteous harvests of grain, meat, dairy,
 fruits, vegetables and other crops.

When horrific images of drought or famine in Africa, Asia or
other regions land in American media, America is usually
first in line with food aid shipments, air drops, and other
rescue efforts from its seemingly endless stores.

The U.S. alone accounts for half of all world corn exports,
40 percent of soybean exports and 30 percent of wheat
exports.

But climate change fears are sounding some warning bells.

To read more, go to 
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/05/us-usa-agriculture-climate-idUSTRE7843GS20110905

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