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Climate Change & Agriculture
Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will affect food production in the future. Scientists say farmers and ranchers will have to deal with increasing temperatures that can alter crop cycles, droughts, threats of wildfire and even the production of hydroelectric power for farming needs. Increased CO2 levels will also impact sea water and may have a negative effect on shellfish.

To face that challenge, California has begun working with producers to make incremental changes that will offset the potential negative impacts of climate change on California crops. Scientists at the University of Illinois have begun field experiments that mimic the effects of increased carbon dioxide levels. Those studies have already shown that increased levels can have a negative impact on the nutritional elements in our foodstuffs.  



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