Agriculture Hammered by Kentucky Storms

December 17, 2021

4 Responses to “Agriculture Hammered by Kentucky Storms”

  1. redskylite Says:

    From “The Conversation” – How climate change and extreme weather may lead to food shortages and escalating prices.

    “If climate change results in simultaneous failure of major crops such as wheat, maize and soybeans in two or more major breadbasket regions (the areas of the world that produce most food) then the risks of price rises making food too expensive in poorer parts of the world could become acute.”

  2. Ian Graham Says:

    spokesman: “I think this is an opportunity to come back stronger than ever” Who’s he kidding!
    8 million egg chicken hatchery destroyed. yea lets build back better.
    Energy Descent pathway? not on your life..

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      My usual complaint with “we will rebuild!” sentiments is for regions and situations where the communities will face clear worsening of their situation from sea-level rise, rain bombs, droughts, losing aquifers, etc. In the case of tornadoes, they still aren’t frequent enough in any one place to make it untenable to live there. In this case, the collapsed buildings and erased houses will very likely be replaced by something better built, and perhaps more likely to withstand, say, an EF3, if not an EF5 (and with more reinforced shelter areas.

      • jimbills Says:

        Sure, but I have yet to see a case where someone decided to build a tornado-proof chicken hatchery. It’s more cost effective to just replace the chickens and build a new tin walled megaplex. The current owners probably do think they can build something better – and by better, I mean more efficient for hatching chickens (i.e. make more money). But they won’t put their rebuilding money into weather proofing.

        Plus, poorer areas can’t exactly afford to build better homes to replace the lost ones. Insurance rates are going up, construction costs are going up, property tax is going up, and they’d be fortunate to build half the house they had with any insurance money they’d get. And those cases would be the comparatively wealthier ones – renters wouldn’t see some great outlay of cash to build new tornado-proof structures.

        Most of America is shockingly poor. We’re in a downward spiral where the wealthier get wealthier and the poorer get poorer. Climate change exacerbates it.

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