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Against the Grain


The December 2008 USDA World Agricultural Production Report shows world grain production increased 5.7% over the previous reporting period, according to preliminary figures. Over the last fifty years global crop yields have risen dramatically, as the global population has also grown. Advocates of global warming theology keep predicting global crop failure sometime or other based on computer models, but the actual data don’t bear that out. (Maybe because plants like higher carbon levels? Hmmm.) One bit of bad news in the report — Argentine sunflower production was down. The editors chose to use this bit of information for cover of the report. The predicted record corn crop in China was relegated to page 3.


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