Rice Diet?

Climate change will hamper staple crop’s production

Rice is the world’s most popular source of food, but rising temperatures associated with global climate change may diminish the amount of rice available for harvest. An international team that included Duke researcher Jeffrey R. Vincent, Clarence F. Korstian Professor of forest economics and management at the Nicholas School of the Environment, reports that a decline in rice production will mean more people will slip into poverty and hunger.

Three billion people eat rice every day, and more than 60 percent of the 1 billion poorest and most undernourished people who live in Asia depend on rice as their staple food.

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