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May 17, 2019, 1:08 PM

Warming to Cause Major Crop Shifts Within 30 Years: Sustainability Report

Jonathan Tirone
Jonathan Tirone
Bloomberg News

Over the next three decades, a hotter environment means international trading volumes for grains including wheat, corn and rice will rise as much as a fifth, with landmass the size of Egypt entering new cultivation, according to a report published this week.

“The only way to protect flows and food security is to make trade as free as possible between countries with abundant water supplies and those facing scarcity,” said Amanda Palazzo, an economist at the International Institute for Applied System Analysis who co-authored the peer-reviewed report.

The findings, published in Axel Springer SE’s journal “Nature Sustainability,” underscore how ...