Agriculture: Growing threat of wheat rust epidemics worldwide
Researchers meeting at a scientific conference in Aleppo this week reported that aggressive new strains of wheat rust diseases — called stem rust and stripe rust — have decimated up to 40% of farmers’ wheat fields in recent harvests. Areas affected are North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucuses, including Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan, Morocco, Ethiopia, and Kenya.
Well, looks like things are going to get worse. Is the US still subsidizing farmers not to grow food?