One of the biggest blathering talking points about climate change is the proclamations that it’s causing a decrease in the food yields world wide. Of course this is utter nonsense and superstitious rot. There are some who proclaim to uphold the tenets of science and babble this idiocy. But, one of the things people do in science is to actually look at the data!
How does one proclaim to be a supporter and adhere to scientific methods is they refuse to look at the actual data? Well, they can proclaim all they wish. But, it is this most unscientific behavior which is embraced by the climate nutters. When the data doesn’t support their idiocy, they refuse to look or even acknowledge the data. We see this all the time. Hurricanes, droughts, floods…… it doesn’t matter. Food production is no exception to this.
A common meme is that climate change is causing people to starve. In spite of the pronouncements of doom and gloom. And bedwetting over floods and droughts and other such natural occurrences, we see that food production, per capita, continues to increase!
This graph was taken from FAOSTAT is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. They do weird stuff like track food production. Please note the pale orange line which starts at 80 on the vertical scale, left side. Oh, that’s the world production.
Yesterday, we had the pleasure of a person coming by and among many other stupid utterances, this person babbled that grain yields were decreasing since 1985, per capita. Of course, grain yields are not all that makes up food, but, the impression he was trying to give was that people had less food per person. He provided a link. Apparently, it’s part of a classroom text. This is unfortunate, because this means our children are being taught gibberish. The author of the science fiction presented this graphic…..
Which caused inane babbling about grain yields decreasing since 1985. But, again, we see this is simply some idiot trying to squeeze some alarming data from good data. Now, it can’t be known what the exact cutoff date the author was using, but he or she did reference FAO World Food Summit 1996. But, if we go back to 1996 or even 1997 we see this was a fabrication.
This was just another nutter preying upon the gullibility of the other nutters. Even so, our visitor should have known that the text they referenced was entirely dated. So, even if it was true at the time, it isn’t necessarily true today.
I provided a link to graphs and data, but, our visitor refused to go see for himself, instead opting to believe the bedwetting hyperbole of a kindred ideologue.
So, what is global food production per capita? Not content to just look at the top graph here, I downloaded the data and graphed it myself, starting at 1980. It’s easier to see…….
Now, I would provide a trend line, but I hardly think it necessary. Food production per capita, hasn’t been decreasing since 1985, it has been increasing. And at a very steady pace.
Now, for those who are incredulous about the information I’ve provided, please see FAOSTAT to verify what I’ve presented. That is, after all, what a person of science, being skeptical would do.
Reality…… destroying errant world views one mind at time.
My thanks to David for being the impetus of this post.