Can We Adapt to Climate Change? Lessons from Past Agricultural Challenges

Olmstead, Alan L. and Paul W. Rhode

from ARE Update Vol. 18, No. 1, Sep/Oct, 2014 : Special Issue - Climate Change: Challenges to California's Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Abstract

Evidence mounts that farmers will face enormous challenges to adapt to climate change and to the accompanying increase in pest and disease problems. California farmers have faced many serious crises in the past. This paper highlights a few of those past episodes and some of the lessons garnered from those experiences.

Keywords

California agriculture, adaptation to climate change, history of agricultural adaptation, climate shocks

Citation

Olmstead, Alan L. and Paul W. Rhode. "Can We Adapt to Climate Change? Lessons from Past Agricultural Challenges." ARE Update 18(1)(2014):9-12. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
http://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2014/18/1/can-we-adapt-to-climate/