Global warming is reflected in food scarcity and rising prices.
research from a team of US scientists studying rice yields across six
major rice exporting regions in Asia found that rising night-time
temperatures have caused rice production to decline by 10 to 20% over
the past 25 years. This temperature effect has overshadowed improvements
in growing techniques that would otherwise lead to higher yields.
a related Philippine study, rice yields were found to drop by 10% for
every 1 degree Celsius rise in night-time temperature. More recently,
farmers in some parts of India are facing too much water due to
flooding, while others are experiencing droughts, and many have not
planted even half of what would normally be needed out of fear that
there will not be enough water to grow the rice. Mohammed Ansari, Farmer (in Hindi):
Even if it starts to rain now, we will not get any crop. There is a
deadline for the rice to start growing – that is till the middle of
August. And that time has now passed. So we will not have any crop this
year.Jugari Paswan, Indian labourer (e):
We are poor people and are desperate for food to eat. Our children go to sleep hungry. What can we do? Rita, Indian villager (F):
My hungry child cries all the time, there is no food to feed him. How can we survive like this?
this summer’s extreme weather in Russia as well as Ukraine, which has
been attributed to climate change, has led the governments to decrease
forecasted wheat yields and place a ban on exports.
This in turn
has even affected other grains such as barley, which has doubled in
price in the last six weeks due to a combination of lower wheat yields
in Russia and reduced barley yields in Europe and Canada due to
With prolonged drought and hunger being
endured by millions in countries such as Africa, the scientists warn
that these declines are just some of the indications of an emerging
global food crisis as extreme conditions continue due to unchecked
We thank the scientists for these factual
insights into the current and ongoing threats to food security due to
global warming. Let us all quickly shift to lifestyles that complement
the balance of nature for the sustenance and survival of all people on
Speaking with concern for the welfare of people
across the globe, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the matter of food
shortages as well as the most efficient solution during an April 2009
videoconference in South Korea.
Supreme Master Ching Hai:
All this is important because if humans are in shortage of food or of
water, then conflicts, of course, will break out. When our family
members are in danger of hunger or thirst, maybe we would do anything to
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So reluctantly, some virtuous or good
people might even go astray and cause conflict between neighbors and
then, on a larger scale, it will cause conflict between nations.
have documented that one serving of beef takes more than a thousand
gallons of water to produce. By contrast, the vegan diet uses about
one-tenth of that amount.
So, the best way to prepare for
conflict is to take complete prevention. The vegan diet will help us to
achieve that goal, and almost immediately.