Climate Change in Corn Belt to Necessitate Diversification, Study Says

An Emory University study projects that climate change will make the U.S. Corn Belt unsuitable for cultivating corn by 2100, necessitating significant agricultural adaptation. It is critical that this adaptation includes diversification beyond the major commodity crops that now make up the bulk of U.S. agriculture, according to study leader Emily Burchfield. “Climate change is happening, and it will continue to shift U.S. cultivation geographies strongly north,” Burchfield says. “It’s not enough to simply depend on technological innovations to save the day. Now is the time to envision big shifts in what and how we grow our food to create more sustainable and resilient forms of agriculture.”