To confront climate change, US agriculture seeks hardier breeds that can survive long droughts


Some adaptation is going to freak people out. Actually, stupid, link-baiting reporting is going to freak people out…

Cattle are being bred with genes from their African cousins who are accustomed to hot weather. New corn varieties are emerging with larger roots for gathering water in a drought. Someday, the plants may even be able to “resurrect” themselves after a long dry spell, recovering quickly when rain returns.

Across American agriculture, farmers and crop scientists have concluded that it’s too late to fight climate change. They need to adapt to it with a new generation of hardier animals and plants specially engineered to survive, and even thrive, in intense heat, with little rain.

Adapt yo food: via WaPo

Holy cow.

(via smarterplanet)