Think global warming will just affect shorelines and superstorms? Think again. Turns out, it is strengthening deadly fungi, too.
A report over at Yahoo states that the drought in 2012 that affected over 57 percent of farms has resulted in the spread of a carcinogenic fungal mold called aspergillus. This fungus poisons and kills animals and can make corn crops inedible. As temperatures rise and droughts last longer, farmers are expected to see more of the fungus on their crops.
“It’s really a climate variable issue,” said Barbara Stinson from the Meridian Institute, a public policy organization. “We’re probably looking at an increase in aflatoxin as a result of that.”
The problems with this fungus doesn’t stop at crop destruction and animal poisoning, however. It can also cause life-threatening disease among humans, too. It releases toxic mold spores that cause jaundice, liver cancer, and internal bleeding. It’s the very same mold spore that Saddam Hussein was supposedly using in his biological weapons program. Last year, the mold contaminated more than half the corn harvested in Missouri.
Drought doesn’t cause the mold, it only hastens its development and growth. It can be found in corn, grains, cereals, nuts, spice, milk, and meat. With global warming and drought conditions on the rise, experts are saying we will be seeing more of it in the near future. This could spell disaster for both farmers and food producers – as well as anyone who eats food – in the coming years.
Although late night hosts and Fox News likes to think it is, global warming is no joke. It is already affecting most everything here on planet Earth and the repercussions are only going to get worse. It’s high time we start acting as though our future is in peril, as it is most definitely is.
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