Imagine living in a world without pasta and noodles

Friday, 14 December, 2012

Might more people take the prospect of climate change more seriously if they knew rising temperatures stood to wipe out wheat crops, that in turn could spell the end of the supply of pasta and noodles?

A world without pasta seems inconceivable. Mac-and-cheese-loving children across the United States would howl in protest. Italy might suffer a cultural heart attack. Social unrest could explode in northern China, where noodles are the main staple. But if humans want to keep eating pasta, we will have to take much more aggressive action against global warming. Pasta is made from wheat, and a large, growing body of scientific studies and real-world observations suggest that wheat will be hit especially hard as temperatures rise and storms and drought intensify in the years ahead.

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