Extreme Heat: The New Normal for US Food Production

The summer of 2023 has been one of the hottest on record in the US, and the heat is taking a toll on food production.

Crops are wilting, livestock are stressed, and pollinators are struggling.

This is just a preview of what's to come as climate change continues to warm the planet.

These storms have caused damage to property and infrastructure, and have displaced residents.

The situation is not unique to Southeast Michigan.

Farmers are already taking steps to adapt to the new normal, but more needs to be done.

We need to invest in research to develop heat-resistant crops and livestock.

We also need to protect pollinators and create more climate-resilient farming practices.

Pollinators are the heroes of agriculture.

By working together, we can ensure that everyone has access to safe, affordable food in the years to come.

The future of food production is at stake. We need to act now to address the challenges posed by extreme heat.

Here are some things you can do to help:

* Support farmers who are adopting climate-friendly practices. * Eat less meat and more plant-based foods.

* Reduce your energy use and waste. * Get involved in your community and advocate for climate action.

Together, we can create a more sustainable food system that can withstand the challenges of climate change.

The future of food is in our hands. Let's make sure it's a bright one.

Yes, each one of us is an agriculturist, by eating, if not by growing!