By Stephen H. Schneider, Wilfrid Bach (auth.), Wilfrid Bach, Jürgen Pankrath, Stephen H. Schneider (eds.)
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Whether or not climatic variability is increasing is a controversial question that has touched off often-bitter debate among climatologists and agronomists. S. Plains after the 1957 drought year, several agro-climatologists expressed (in 1973) concern that such good "unvariable" weather could not be expected to continue. S. crop yields reversed a two decade upward trend as poorer weather occurred. However, as the debate progressed, many contradictory (and often incommensurate) pieces of evidence have been cited to claim that climatic variability has or has not been increasing recently.
S. corn crop the following year and the "EI Nino" failure in anchovita protein harvest, once again created a world "food crisis" situation. A critical external force aggravating the crisis was the OPEC escalation of oil prices, causing fertilizer to rise from $50-75/ton in 1972 to $300-500/ton in 1974. This tended to throttle down the green revolution production goals in many developing countries. In his analysis of the impact of these events of the early 1970s, Rolando Garcia found the extent of food loss and human suffering which followed was due more to the nature of the "system" than to the severity or sequence of climate anomalies.
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Food-Climate Interactions: Proceedings of an International Workshop held in Berlin (West), December 9–12, 1980 by Stephen H. Schneider, Wilfrid Bach (auth.), Wilfrid Bach, Jürgen Pankrath, Stephen H. Schneider (eds.)