Additional Food Doom

New Scientist has been banging the drum about wheat virus doom of late, but I wasn’t convinced that they were not being alarmist. (My key metric: no one else was writing about it.)

Oh crap. Other people are writing about it:

The fungal disease could spread to other wheat producing states in the Near East and western Asia that provide one-quarter of the world’s wheat.

The FAO warned stated east of Iran — Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan to be on high alert.

(h/t Tim Haab)

One Comment

  1. The perils of monoculture and just a few strains to choose from (or a close relative: industrial ag and a handful of companies controlling seed in the developed world [and a few companies controlling our food]).

    IOW: ruh-roh!



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