Climate Alarmists Stupid ‘Food Violence’ Argument Destroyed By Facts

Leftists insist that climate change will mean all of mankind will starve to death.

The warming atmosphere will lead to droughts, terrible storms and decreasing crop yields as we all slowly wither away and die due to lack of food.

Except it’s all bunk.

Some of the hype is contained in a study by researchers at Ohio State University. In the article, they claim that eventually, food scarcity will lead to “food riots” that only strong, “capable” governments will be able to stop.

According to Ohio State professor and study co-author Bear Braumoeller, “We’ve already started to see climate change as an issue that won’t just put the coasts under water, but as something that could cause food riots in some parts of the world.”

“Climate-induced food scarcity is going to become an increasingly big issue and we wanted to understand which countries are most threatened by it,” he wrote in a press release.

Ostensibly, the study was trying to determine which countries would be most vulnerable to “food scarcity related” uprisings by looking at riots in Africa between 1991 and 2011.

They found that: “the most vulnerable countries are those that have weak political institutions, are relatively poor and rely more on agriculture.”

Well, duh.

The narrative Braumoeller and his team is arguing through their study — that climate change is causing significant social unrest — is being repeated with greater frequency by leading proponents of the theory humans are primarily responsible for causing global warming. If humans don’t stop producing carbon-dioxide emissions in significant amounts, they argue, the world will burst into chaos because of warmer temperatures.

But these claims are not supported by science.

First, the world’s climate is never perfectly stable. As The Blaze reports: “There are always going to be food shortages, political unrest, and problems related to agriculture. In the United States, long before the presence of “global warming,” Americans faced significant hardship in large part because of the severe droughts of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, a major contributor to the Great Depression.”

Alarmists – on the other hand – would counter by saying that these problems are more likely to occur with a warmer climate. But some research shows that additional carbon dioxide has shown to actually yield greater plant growth and crop yields.

“the sum of all plant photosynthesis on Earth grew by 30 percent” during the 19th and 20th centuries, periods of significant warming, with the “leading candidates” of the increased plant growth being “rising atmospheric CO2 levels, a result of emissions from human activities; longer growing seasons, a result of climate change caused by CO2 emissions; and nitrogen pollution, another result of fossil fuel combustion and agriculture.”

“The rising CO2 level stimulates crops yields,” said lead researcher of the Nature study Elliott Campbell, a professor at the University of California at Merced.

In May, leading climate researcher Patrick Michaels, director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, wrote in an article he hypothesizes the reason one recent study showed substantial amounts of forest cover in global drylands had gone uncounted in previous studies on the subject is because significant growth has occurred in recent years due to higher amounts of carbon dioxide.

Further, a 2016 study by researcher Zaichan Zhu and 31 coauthors revealed — based on “a remarkable analysis of global vegetation change since satellite sensors became operational in the late 1970s” — that the “vast majority of the globe’s vegetated area shows greening, with 25-50% of that area showing a statistically significant change, while only 4% of the vegetated area is significantly browning,” according to Michaels.

All this research and more suggests the opposite of what the Ohio State researchers argued in their study: Rather than cause significant problems, a warmer global climate appears to be causing significant greening, better plant growth, and stronger crop yields, all of which should be good news for people concerned about food riots.



Robert Gehl

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Robert Gehl is a college professor in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 15 years journalism experience, including two Associated Press awards. He lives in Glendale with his wife and two young children.