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New Study Details How Climate Change Will Affect California Agriculture

1 March 2018

Dan Nosowitz, Modern Farmer
1 March 2018

It’s hard to understate California’s agricultural significance: On just 1.2 percent of U.S. farmland, California produces more than a third of the country’s vegetables and about two-thirds of its fruits and nuts. The Golden State is also the nation’s top producer of avocados, grapes, strawberries, and lemons, among other fruit. A new study from researchers at the University of California’s Davis and Merced campuses takes a broad look at how climate change will affect the country’s most important agricultural state, and the results are alarming.

To put it in the words of the scientists themselves: “The detailed review presented in this paper provides sufficient evidence that the climate in California has changed significantly…and justifies the urgency and importance of enhancing the adaptive capacity of agriculture and reducing vulnerability to climate change.”

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