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Climate change threatens China's crops

(China Daily)

13:52, November 09, 2011

Luo Jinming, a 76-year-old farmer in Guiyang, capital of Southwest China’s Guizhou province, in a field of desiccated paddy on Aug 27. WU DONGJUN / FOR CHINA DAILY

BEIJING - China might face increasingly grim food shortages in the next few decades due to a possible drop in the country's grain harvest, triggered by a climate change, a leading agriculturalist warns.

Tang Huajun, deputy dean of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), said yield loss on the country's three main crops - rice, wheat, and corn - is foreseeable if the country fails to take effective measures to offset the impact of climate change.

Tang made the remarks during a two-day international conference on climate change and food security that ended on Tuesday in Beijing.

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