About Steve Savage

Steve Savage Born in Denver, now living near San Diego. Agricultural scientist for 30+ years with a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology. Have worked for Colorado State University, DuPont and Mycogen and for the last 13 years consulting for all sorts or companies, universities and grower groups. Experience in biological control, natural products, synthetic chemicals, genetics, GMOs and agronomic practices. Have given multiple invited talks on the interaction between agriculture and climate change (both ways)



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This Is Your Global Food Supply On Climate Change

August 11th, 2012 | by Steve Savage

OK, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I think that this year's climate extremes are linked to human-caused climate change. We might not really have the definitive answer on whether that is true for 20 years, but I would like nothing better than to be proven wrong about the linkage I'm making today. From a global food supply perspective, the effects of weather on 2012 food production is problematic no matter what its cause. As bad as it seems, it might just be a "shot over the bow" relative to what me might expect in the future.


Limited Encouragement In The Latest Update Of The FAO Food Price Index

July 6th, 2012 | by Steve Savage

Yesterday, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations released it's monthly update on global food trade pricing. The overall "Food Price Index" that combines all categories did decline slightly, but less than the previous month. The index is still substantially higher than it was at a comparable period during the last cycle


Mixed Messages in the Latest Data in the FAO Food Price Index

June 9th, 2012 | by Steve Savage

On Thursday (6/7/12), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released it's indices for food prices in international trade. Most of the news coverage was upbeat because May showed the largest drop in some time. For instance, the allAfrica website had a headline, "FAO Food Price Index Drops Sharply." It was a 4% drop; however that comes after several months where the index stayed flat and failed to show the sort of major correction that occurred after the last spike (2007-9). Even with the drop in May, the index is still nearly as high as it's highest level in that previous spike


Aflatoxin: A Toxic Potential of Climate Change

January 24th, 2012 | by Steve Savage

One of the most toxic and carcinogenic threats in the human food supply is a natural chemical called "aflatoxin"; the chance that it will contaminate a crop is enhanced by drought and/or insect damage - both conditions expected to be more common with the onset of climate change.


What's Happening With The US Fruit And Vegetable Supply?

January 3rd, 2012 | by Steve Savage

Most public health and nutrition experts would say that it would be better if Americans ate even more fruit and vegetables than they do because of their value in addressing obesity, cancer and other health concerns. How does that goal reconcile with these recent supply statistics?


Food Price Spike Persisting

December 9th, 2011 | by Steve Savage

The UN's Food & Agriculture Organization has released its monthly index of global food prices for November, and it shows persistently high prices across major food categories


Who Owns America's Farmland?

November 29th, 2011 | by Steve Savage

Nationwide, farmers only own 60% of the land they farm. In many of the most productive row cropping areas of the Midwest, the percent of farmer-owned land is significantly lower (see Map above from the USDA, 2007 Census of Agriculture). Much of our farmland resource is owned by non-farmers and rented to those who actually


In Defense of Orange Juice

August 10th, 2011 | by Steve Savage

(8/11 edits in italics below based on feedback from citrus industry scientists).  A recent blog post on a site called



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