Does Climate Change Affect Wheat Crops?

By UMA CANTONE, age 10

PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons
PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons

“Wheat is one of the world’s most important food crops,” says Dr. Senthold Asseng, a professor at University of Florida. We lose 6 percent of our wheat crops for every degree Celsius the temperature rises. That is one-fourth of the wheat trade, which reached more than 147 million tons in 2013. Wheat production needs to grow 60 percent more by the year of 2050 to keep up with population growth.

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