US climate report sees reconnecting crops to livestock as smart adaption strategy
This ILRI blog post discusses a new US report from President Obama’s Global Change Research Program.
The National Climate Assessment examines the predicted impact of climate change on livestock production in the United States and considers what strategies could be used within this sector to adapt to climate change.
Raising livestock and crops together is one of four options presented in the report, argued to be important for taking advantage of the synergies between the two. The article describes similarities between the reports findings and ILRI’s work on mixing crops and livestock.
North America is the northern subcontinent of the Americas covering about 16.5% of the Earth's land area. This large continent has a range of climates spanning Greenland’s permanent ice sheet and the dry deserts of Arizona. Both Canada and the USA are major food producers and some of the largest food exporters in the world. Industrial farms are the norm in North America, with high yields relative to other regions and only 2% of the population involved in agriculture.
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