Farming is a huge part of the American landscape.
For decades, the United States was the world’s largest farm.
The USDA has counted nearly 5.3 billion acres of land, and according to the US Department of Agriculture, the country grows more than 40 percent of the world farmlands.
It has also produced a huge number of livestock, with an estimated 1.7 billion animals on the American farm.
In 2013, the US imported over $1.3 trillion in animal products, which is almost half of all US imports.
Farming also makes up about half of the food supply, with food production accounting for roughly 25 percent of global food production.
But that’s not the only industry that’s been threatened by climate change.
Climate change has led to more intense wildfires and floods, and the agricultural sector is also experiencing the effects of drought.
“The agricultural sector in general is one of the hardest hit by drought in the United Kingdom, but especially in the US,” says John Sargent, senior research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
In the UK, climate change is a big concern for farmers, as well.
“There’s been some concern about the impacts of climate change on agriculture in the UK,” Sargant says.
“So we thought it was important to look at the extent to which climate change will have a wider impact.”
So Sargents team spent a year looking at the impact of climate and land use change on the agricultural industry, and came up with a list of the top 10 most vulnerable agricultural industries.
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