A Mother Jones article, “This is Your Thanksgiving on Climate Change,” analyzes the typical Thanksgiving plate, predicting possible futures for cranberry sauce, creamed spinach, corn, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and turkey.
More frequent droughts in the so-called turkey belt — Virginia, Arkansas and North Carolina — will hurt grain supplies, boosting the price of turkey feed. Already turkeys this year have been most expensive they’ve been in a decade, according to Mother Jones. Rising temperatures in potato country, like Idaho, could drop spud yields by 18 percent. Scientists also fear that the destructive potato tuber moth, which now infests farms in Africa and New Zealand, could expand its range into North America, South America and Europe.