Act now to diversify crops at risk, say scientists

Agence France-Presse: Farm chiefs have a narrowing chance to diversify vital crops at rising threat from drought, flood and pests brought by climate change, food researchers warned on Monday. The world`s nearly seven billion people are massively dependent on a dozen or so crops that, thanks to modern agriculture, are intensively cultivated in a tiny number of strains, they said. When climate change gets into higher gear, many of these strains could be crippled by hotter and drier - or conversely wetter - weather......

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