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Global Food Production Rising Steadily

November 2, 2014

By Paul Homewood 


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There’s a useful website, run by FAOSTAT, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN Statistics Division, which maintains a database on agricultural statistics.

Using their tools, for instance, we can plot global cereal production and yield since 1961. Both output and yield have been rising consistently, but particularly so in the last decade or so.




There will be many reasons for the increase in productivity, how much is due to a warmer climate and higher levels of CO2?

Either way, there is certainly no evidence global warming has had any negative impact on harvests.

  1. November 2, 2014 4:17 pm

    “but particularly so in the last decade or so”: maybe the stop in the rise in temperature, combined with the continued rise in CO2, is a Good Thing. I joke of course, but such feeble conjecture would be called Climate Science if I altered it just a wee bit, and posted it on a different blog.

  2. November 2, 2014 4:58 pm

    I would not trust any statistics from the UN as far as I could spit.
    They usually have an agenda of some description, and it’s normally averse to common sense.

  3. Derek permalink
    November 2, 2014 5:08 pm

    It makes sense when you consider the dvances in fertilisers and the improvements in seed quality, including GM. When you factor in the crops used for fuel production, it is an even more impressive result.

  4. rah permalink
    November 2, 2014 5:43 pm

    There are plenty of other source snot from the UN that confirm that agriculture has been steadily increasing caloric production per capita. The liberal loons that are constantly preaching doomsday due to overpopulation seem never to account for improved technology and agricultural methods. It is a trait of the leftists who seem to view everything as a zero sum.

  5. November 2, 2014 6:50 pm

    but what if the climate changes 7 years from now?

  6. Richard111 permalink
    November 3, 2014 8:35 am

    I look on this report with suspicion. For example:

    And there are other reports of crop losses in the NH due to early snow. Also note the Arctic Sea Ice link above. Arctic ice is now within 1 standard deviation. So much for a warming world. CO2 is doing its best for plant growth but there is no where near enough of it to help feed 10 billion people by 2050.

    • November 3, 2014 8:53 am

      This year’s NH harvest data won’t appear in the data until next year. Localised Harvest loss happens every year, it only becomes a problem when the same locality has harvest loss in several consecutive years. Normally, for crops, the 3 year rule applies

      Year 1 poor harvest
      Year 2 rising prices normal harvests as farmers haven’t had time to react to high prices and shortage continues
      Year 3 Additional crops planted, higher than normal harvests prices drop dramatically

      This is a rule of my own developed as a result of observing what happens and remembering the past. Global markets have tended to ease the affect of local problems. Crops with a long lead time, harvests from trees such as fruit, nuts and olives, tend to be a bit slower to react but not much.

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