Researchers: we underestimated the risk of simultaneous crop failures worldwide

In recent years, our world has witnessed climate variability, extreme weather and frequent natural disasters. However, according to scientists, we still underestimate the risk of simultaneous crop failures around the world. Research shows that such a scenario could have serious consequences for food security and the economy.

One of the main causes of crop failure is climate change. Global warming leads to an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and heat waves. This negatively affects the growth and development of crops, which can ultimately lead to lower yields.

In addition, the globalization of agriculture creates additional risks. Modern food supply systems allow us to get fresh fruits and vegetables year-round, regardless of the season. But it also means that we become more vulnerable to crop failures in other regions of the world. If failures occur simultaneously in several major agricultural regions, it could lead to food shortages and higher prices.

According to a study published in Nature, the risk of simultaneous crop failures is much higher than previously thought. Scientists pointed out that large agricultural regions such as North America, Europe and China could be subject to similar weather conditions, which could lead to simultaneous crop failures in those regions.

However, not all yield losses are due to climate change alone. Researchers also point to other factors such as plant diseases, pests and poor agricultural management. These problems can be solved by improving agricultural practices, developing resistant plant varieties and using resources more efficiently.

To deal with the risk of simultaneous crop failure, scientists and experts suggest several measures. First, there is a need to invest in research and development of new technologies that will help make crops more resilient to climate change. Second, international cooperation and sharing of experiences should be promoted to improve the global food security system. Finally, measures must be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.

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