Extreme weather is shaping our shopping

Crops around the world are failing or under-producing due to extreme weather events this year.

Here are just a few examples:

  1. 🌡️ Heatwaves could cut Spanish olive oil production by a third
  2. 🌽 Two-thirds of the soil in breadbasket US states like Iowa are either ‘short’ or ‘very short’ of their expected moisture levels, and
  3. 🍚 India has implemented a partial ban on its rice exports after droughts and floods damaged rice fields in recent years.

And all those production pressures come as two of the world’s largest grain producers are locked in war.

Intrigue’s take: Farmers are an adaptive breed. Throughout history, they’ve introduced new tactics from selective breeding to drip irrigation. And they’ll adapt to climate change, too, using AI to predict crop success, vertical agriculture to maximise output, and beyond.

But these adaptations will take time. And in the meantime, food doesn’t look like it’s getting any cheaper.

Also worth noting:

  • The El Niño weather pattern, which by most measures returned in June, could severely alter global agriculture over the next year.
  • Some have criticised vertical farming for its high electricity usage.
Latest Author Articles
Western funding for Ukraine under pressure as the war approaches its third calendar year 

The White House warned in a letter to Congress yesterday (Monday) that military and economic assistance to Ukraine will run out by the end of the year without additional funding. Failure to allocate new money would “kneecap Ukraine on the battlefield”, according to budget director Shalanda Young.

5 December, 2023
Court forces Panama to shut a key copper mine

Panama’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously (🇵🇦) on Tuesday that the law behind the country’s vast Cobre Panama copper mine was “unconstitutional”.

30 November, 2023
BBC report alleges COP28 host UAE used host status to source oil and gas deals

Documents leaked to the Centre for Climate Reporting suggest UAE officials have sought to leverage their COP28 host country status to push for oil and gas deals, just as the UAE kicks off the COP28 climate talks in Dubai this Thursday.

28 November, 2023
An Israel-Hamas ‘hostages-for-pause’ deal?

Hamas may soon agree to release 50-100 women and children being held as hostages in Gaza, according to Israeli, Qatari, and American officials.

21 November, 2023