The great nutrient collapse

This could explain why so many people are struggling with obesity and cardiovascular disease. The article states “we’re not studying all the ways CO2  affects plants we depend on with enough urgency” because “retooling crops takes” … “15 to 20 years before we get from the laboratory to the field.” “Tackling globe-spanning new questions that cross boundaries of scientific fields can be difficult” because most scientists specialize and work in silos. Note zooplankton consume/eat phytoplankton and are different marine organisms. Interesting article to see how everything is connected. Click here or on the pdf file to read the full article or an excerpt below.

 

 

These experiments and others like them have shown scientists that plants change in important ways when they’re grown at elevated CO2 levels. Within the category of plants known as “C3”―which includes approximately 95 percent of plant species on earth, including ones we eat like wheat, rice, barley and potatoes―elevated CO2 has been shown to drive down important minerals like calcium, potassium, zinc and iron. The data we have, which look at how plants would respond to the kind of CO2 concentrations we may see in our lifetimes, show these important minerals drop by 8 percent, on average. The same conditions have been shown to drive down the protein content of C3 crops, in some cases significantly, with wheat and rice dropping 6 percent and 8 percent, respectively.