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Sorry, Google News, Climate Change Is Helping End World Hunger

October 21, 2020

By Paul Homewood


Climate Realism debunks the latest fake news


At the top of search results today for “climate change,” Google News is promoting an article claiming climate change is causing world hunger. However, data from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) clearly show global crop production and food stocks have increased significantly and steadily during recent years and decades as the Earth modestly warms. Climate change is helping end world hunger, not making world hunger worse.

The Google-promoted article, published by InkStick Media, is titled “Climate Change Is Hampering Our Ability to Combat World Hunger.” The article claims there has been an increase in world hunger since 2014, the article blames this human-caused climate change. The author quotes Swedish diplomat Jan Eliasson saying the world needs to “make peace with nature.” Unless we do so, the author warns, “Today, without a global effort we will certainly lose the battle for survival.”

Even if it were true that there has an increase in world hunger since 2014, the blame would be on political instability and corrupt centralized governments in Third World countries, not crop production or climate change. The FAO’s recent “Cereal Supply and Demand Brief” clearly shows both cereal crop production and cereal stocks have steadily increased since 2014, and have increased dramatically since 2010 (See the figure Below).

FAO Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, August 10, 2020.

Cereal grains include the Big Three food staples of corn, wheat, and rice, as well as some similar crops. Corn (maize), rice, and wheat by comprise 66 percent of global human food consumption. Also, just 15 crops provide 90 percent of the humanity’s food energy intake. Cereal grains make up nine of those 15 crops. As shown above, the FAO reports cereal grain production set new records seven of the past 10 years.

Looking ahead, the online agriculture news service recently published a story, “IGC projects record output for corn, wheat and soybeans,” highlighting the International Grains Council’s findings that it expects global yields of corn, rice, soybeans, and wheat to set new records again in 2020, despite the pandemic.

Global warming lengthens growing seasons, reduces frost events, and makes more land suitable for crop production. Also, carbon dioxide is an aerial fertilizer for plant life. These factors combined have resulted in the largest decline in hunger, malnutrition, and starvation in human history.

Although 700 million people worldwide still suffer from persistent hunger, the United Nations reports the number of hungry people has declined by two billion people since 1990.

To the extent hunger has increased some over the past few years, poor infrastructure, political corruption, internal conflicts, and war – not long-term human-caused climate change – is to blame.

As much as the media and climate alarmists may try to equate climate change with crop failures and hunger, the fact is global crop yields set new records virtually every year in response to beneficial ongoing warming.

  1. Athelstan. permalink
    October 21, 2020 10:11 am

    Oh no! goggle got it wrong again, what? Strike a light a wee bit redolent of, the wet office algorithms set to warming the same with polarized goggle. it all begs, why do the geeks wish to facilitate the UN’s dearest wish – world communism? No thinking? can’t they work out that, making people poorer also has a diminishing effect on their returns. Or are they filthy too rich already to even care? no smoke eh?

  2. October 21, 2020 10:24 am

    Crop productivity has been increasing for over three decades because of a very slight warming AND a very slight increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. We need to get the CO2 up from .04% to .1% and reduce the huge areas of desert and provide more space for wildlife.

    • October 21, 2020 12:16 pm

      Absolutely. The low CO2 levels during the Pleistocene is now being credited in part with extinction of the mega fauna. Low C02 led to depauperate growth of herbaceous plants and even kept them from producing seed. Thus the herbivore populations shrunk which led to the carnivore populations shrinking. Finally they collapsed.

  3. Harry Passfield permalink
    October 21, 2020 10:26 am

    But, but, but…The great St Attenbollox (in light of your note about personal abuse, apologies to Sir David…) was just on the tele the other night telling his adoring fans that the world’s deserts were increasing in size by thousands of square km per year – because of ….. (you guessed).

    • Iain Reid permalink
      October 22, 2020 8:24 am


      the great illusionist doesn’t visit this forum, to the best of my knowledge, so I suggest that the sensible restriction of personal abuse doesn’t count in this case?

  4. 2hmp permalink
    October 21, 2020 10:27 am

    I never cease to be surprised by people declaring every problem under the sun to be caused by climate change. On this basis they will never run out of the causes of climate change.

  5. October 21, 2020 10:28 am

    and what about increased levels of CO2? Isn’t CO2 the ‘essential’ plant food? But that of course doesn’t suit the warmist narrative does it?

    • pardonmeforbreathing permalink
      October 21, 2020 11:47 am

      Workd population growth (see my comment below) is easily outstripping any benefit and occurring in all the places incapable of handling that growth…. we can thank all those charities who must accept some if not all of the blame for this.

      • wobbledog permalink
        October 21, 2020 6:59 pm

        This is another myth and is even older than AGW. The truth is there aren’t very many of us. The entire Earth population can fit standing inside an area the size of the city of Los Angeles. There is no evidence showing that the planet can’t provide, just more doom and fear mongering.

  6. cajwbroomhill permalink
    October 21, 2020 10:58 am

    Is there any proof at all that a rising atmospheric pCO2 significantly influences the climate, since the reduced greenhouse output of recent months assuredly has not done so?
    Where is the evidence that (if) any climate change we see is not just normal cyclical change?

    • pardonmeforbreathing permalink
      October 21, 2020 11:45 am

      There is none… there are no statistically significant empirical datasets in existence which support the assertion that man is responsible for the current welcome warming of the planet which began 350 years ago and equally no equivalent data set(s) supporting that human link to climate change. Non what so ever. Just because the arts degreed luvies keep repeating assertions does not make them empirical data based facts. Shocking isn’t it!

  7. C Lynch permalink
    October 21, 2020 11:05 am

    Off topic but Telegraph today has an article about the increased sightings of Bluefin tuna around Britain. It points out that they were common in the past, particularly in the North Sea, and correctly attributes the recovery of stocks as the reason for the increased sightings. Then without any evidence and in a total non sequitur disingenuously states that the increased sightings are believed to have been caused by climate change!
    Literally beyond belief.

    • Penda100 permalink
      October 21, 2020 1:40 pm

      Also from today’s Telegraph: “A SEA LION in California has had pioneering brain surgery for epilepsy, offering hope for the growing number of marine mammals suffering from the disorder as a result of climate change.” Is there anything that cannot be blamed on Climate Change?

      • David V permalink
        October 21, 2020 2:25 pm

        I read the article. There is a somewhat convoluted but rational argument why it might be so – it could even be true! However, the prime premise is that epilepsy in sea lions is something new – what are the chances that anyone might have diagnosed an epileptic sea lion 50 or 100 years ago?

  8. pardonmeforbreathing permalink
    October 21, 2020 11:42 am

    NO!! a SHOCKING 27% increase in the total world human population since the year 2000 is the cause, completely outstripping the BENEFIT of a much welcome increase in atmospheric CO2. The population density has also jumped accordingly from 41p/sqkm to 52p/sqkm.

    Strange this unbelievable number taking place almost exclusively on the Third World goes UNREPORTED by the Leftie dominated media. To use one of their favourite weasel words this is totally UNSUSTAINABLE especially for countries economically incapable of handling any population increase. Worse, any skewing outside of the Third World is by people transplanted in the West and seemingly living on what appears a paid to breed programme. Anyone thinking or claiming that the migration flood from Africa to Europe will end soon is guilty of wilful ignorance.

    • Pancho Plail permalink
      October 21, 2020 4:14 pm

      So how much of the additional CO2 is because these people are inconveniently breathing the stuff out?

  9. October 21, 2020 12:33 pm

    I’ve seen evidence that an increase in the quality of life leads to a decrease in population – as people get richer they want smaller families. However, here in Spain, with the downturn in the economy and the lack of jobs for young people, young folk are having to either move back with their parents or not leave at all. and it is difficult to make a baby when you’re right next door to Mum and Dad. Currently, Spain has a falling population. Funny old world…

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      October 21, 2020 4:49 pm

      John, in his biography, ‘The Stratford Dillen’ (runt), George Hewins explained that when he married at the turn of the 20th C he and his new wife had one room in a hovel by the RSC (As it is now. The hovel is across tge road). There they shared a bed with his MiL- top to toe. Over the years they had eight children!!! He reckoned that gin would knock the old girl out. A fabulous character who survived having his tackle shot off in WWI. The book virtuall free on Amazon.

      • October 21, 2020 5:31 pm

        Thanks for this, Harry. Just put it on my birthday wish-list. A must-have, I think!

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        October 21, 2020 6:27 pm

        John, one word of warning. The book is written from recorded interviews and the dialog is in the vernacular so sometimes difficult to follow. But when you get into the rhythm of it it bowls all g.

  10. Harry Davidson permalink
    October 21, 2020 12:48 pm

    In response to the recent note about personal abuse, can I ask that you include sneering in that? If someone calls me an idiot, well OK, I sometimes am, we all are on occasion, but sneering has a snide destructiveness that is intended to limit debate and disqualify ideas and arguments without discussion.

    • October 21, 2020 2:18 pm

      When you go over to discussions controlled by alarmists
      It does seem like a school bully gang behaviour
      As their first MO is to Misrepresent opposers/smear-label them as monsters and then dismiss them.
      .. That is the opposite of first tackling your opponents points & then telling them they look like an idiots.

      I never saw any nasty comments here except for casual sexism, maybe they got deleted.
      I wonder if an alarmist might come over here act the part of a bolshy skeptic in order to smear our discussions.

      • Athelstan. permalink
        October 21, 2020 3:02 pm

        If you can’t debate and understand and bear constructive critique, you’ll never learn aught.

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