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Cranberry crop isn’t threatened by global warming | Letter – lehighvalleylive.com

It saddened me to see The Express-Times dedicate an entire page to publish a shameless Washington Post propaganda piece (Nov. 24, “Signs of climate change threaten a Thanksgiving staple”).

It drives alarmism by picking something important to people (like cranberries for Thanksgiving) then weaving in the usual fear-mongering about global warming ruining supplies. Hogwash!

U.S. Department of Agriculture reports show that we’re headed for yet another record cranberry harvest. Further, in recent years cranberry growers have been facing a glutted market and depressed prices. They begged the government for help to restrict supplies.

Cranberries thrived naturally from Canada to Georgia across a very wide range of temperatures. A trivial (if any) temperature rise would be dwarfed into irrelevance. So while the article cloaks itself as an informational piece about cranberries, both the clickbait title and the narrative override all of that and expose it as raw, unabashed global warming propaganda.

Alarmists similarly scare people that food crops generally are failing, or will soon fail, even as crop yields keep increasing faster than global population. (Over time, humans enjoy increasing nourishment per person).

For centuries, we humans succeeded in growing specialty crops by doing what we have proven we are very good at for hundreds of thousands of years — adapting ourselves and our practices. And we have adapted across periods of widely changing climate long before the fossil fuel era.

We’re doing fine and will continue to do so. Don’t worry about that Thanksgiving cranberry sauce disappearing.

James M. Policelli

Plainfield Township

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