CGIAR global agriculture research has save the bean, an important global food staple, from the threat of a global-warming death. Thirty new varieties have been developed with breeding and gene splicing to withstand higher temperatures for when greenhouse gases begin raising global temperatures.
“As a result of this breakthrough, beans need not be the casualty of global warming that they seemed destined to be, but rather can offer a climate-friendly option for farmers struggling to cope with rising temperatures,” said Andy Jarvis, a CGIAR climate change expert.
This breakthrough has been a global effort with the following countries donating to CGIAR for this project: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India,
Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
United Kingdom, United States. Still, since the bean is the “poor” food of the world, many countries that grow and use this product most could not donate. Hopefully these varieties will be cheap enough for farmers to afford it where it’s really needed.