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Addressing Climate Change and California Agriculture

Narrator: This is Science Today. The state of California produces half of the nation's fruits, vegetables and nuts, so recent projections indicating that the state is going to experience a much warmer climate than previously expected, has experts working on dealing with achieving agricultural sustainability. Louise Jackson, of the University of California , Davis Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, says confronting the issue and planning for it now will result in less impact.

 Jackson : For example, in agriculture, we're going to be need to be breeding crops that are temperature tolerant. We're going to be having to think about much more stringent water conservation strategies. We're going to be thinking about different tillage regimes that reduce fossil fuel use, that store more carbon, reduce the amount of nitrous oxide that's emitted. So the message here was really clear. Climate change is happening. It's going to have a big effect, and we're going to be able to do something about it in California if we plan now.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.