Your point of view | Global warming impacts food production

Nancy Liebrecht | Fries, Virginia

The title of Morgan Griffith’s latest newsletter could have been “Drill, Baby, Drill”.

He has been a consistent cheerleader for the fossil fuel industry despite the increasingly devastating effects of climate change. Wildfires in the west are becoming increasingly destructive. Category 4 and 5 hurricanes are more frequent, and coastal cities around the world are facing increased flooding. Norfolk with its huge naval facility is one such city. High tides are a serious concern here.

Despite clear evidence that climate change is taking its toll, Griffith still thinks we can continue excessive use of fossil fuels and be just fine, but he’s wrong, just as he’s been wrong about other things, like voter fraud in the last election. .

Agriculture in the arid west is done on a scale unimaginable here, and it is far more efficient and productive than in the east. I know because I owned a ranch in Idaho. From May to October, it hardly rains in much of the west. Crops are watered by various forms of irrigation, which allow farmers to control the precise amount of water for optimal production. Unlike in the east, you never lose a crop to too much rain. Idaho hay is one of the best in the world because of it.

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Most of the vegetables in our grocery stores come from the West. The milk, cheese and ice cream we buy comes from cows fed alfalfa hay like I raised. The beef in the meat section is more likely to come from a western ranch than an eastern farm. The relatively cheap and plentiful supply of food to which we have become accustomed is now threatened by global warming. The water to the west is disappearing. Major agricultural producing states like California, Arizona and Colorado may never again get all of their water quotas from the Colorado River.

We live in a rich country and we will survive for a while, until we reach a point where we may not. I like to drive my Honda CRV, but I also like to eat. Make no mistake, global warming is having an impact on food production.

Teresa H. Sadler