Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prairie Farmers Expected to Benefit from Global Warming by Growing Corn, Soy

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prairie Farmers Expected to Benefit from Global Warming by Growing Corn, Soy

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Prairie farmers to benefit from global warming

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BANFF, Alta. - Farmers on the Canadian Prairies are "literally" the only agricultural winners on the planet as a result of global warming, according to an economist studying global food supply.

Lutz Goedde, a partner with McKinsey and Co. in Denver, told the Global Business Forum in Banff on Friday that rising temperatures and longer growing seasons mean that ever-increasing areas of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be able to switch to corn and soybeans from wheat and canola.

"I think Canada is in a unique situation with the corn and soy belt basically moving north," he told reporters after his speech.

"The planet is heating up and there is an opportunity for Canadian farmers -- and they have been executing on it -- to convert wheat land to corn and soy production."

He said warmer weather is also allowing Prairie farmers to grow more pulse crops such as peas and lentils to export to emerging markets such as India. …

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