What Would a Modern-Day Dust Bowl Look Like?

We’re Just As Vulnerable To A Dust Bowl Drought As We Were In The 1930s.

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Dan Nosowitz writing for Modern Farmer poses the following scenario: We’re Just As Vulnerable To A Dust Bowl Drought As We Were In The 1930s.

Researchers at the University of Chicago have shown that a dust-bowl-style drought could still be disastrous today, despite what we’ve learned from history. But why? Because most advances have been to increase crop yield instead of withstanding drought conditions.

One can only imagine the barrage of legal issues that would be repeated if we saw another dust bowl. From the fallout of plummeting real estate prices – foreclosures, and bankruptcies, to the challenges of what to do with the refugees (which led to an ACLU lawsuit for illegal practices of blocking migrants in the 1930s).

Let’s hope the farm industry stays ahead of changing climate concerns.

See the original article here.

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