Australia’s indigenous agave species are suffering the loss of their primary source of food, the plant that is native to the Americas, after scientists warned of the impact of a warming climate on their health.
“Agave has been a staple food for Australia’s Aboriginal people for thousands of years,” the World Agave and Agave Alliance said in a statement.
The alliance said the decline of the agave’s main food source in Australia, the US, was a direct result of climate change, and that the agaves’ reliance on a single source of production, the agavaceae, was now in jeopardy. “
But the impact this change is having on these populations is devastating.”
The alliance said the decline of the agave’s main food source in Australia, the US, was a direct result of climate change, and that the agaves’ reliance on a single source of production, the agavaceae, was now in jeopardy.
The announcement came as climate change expert Dr Steve Tarrant said a warming world could threaten the health of the Agave plant.
“This is happening because the climate is changing,” he told ABC Radio.
“The warming is going to be worse for plants than it has been in the past, which means we’re going to see more disease, more pests and more people getting sick from that.”
It’s not just agave, it’s also everything that comes from the crops.
There are all sorts of things that come out of the crops and everything is going up in price.
“If we don’t act now we’re not only going to have a whole range of problems, we’re also going to end up in a world that is very very dangerous for our people.”
Dr Tarrants analysis is the latest in a series of warnings that agave could be in peril.
Earlier this year, a US state senator warned that a warmer world was likely to be a “death sentence” for the agava, as well as the species’ main food.
Climate change was not a factor in the decline in the agavan’s production in recent years, but climate change was likely a factor for its decline, said the US senator, Ted Cruz.
“We need to have more food available to sustain those communities,” he said.
The agavavaceae is the plant’s closest relative, with about 200 species of varieties being cultivated.
The plant produces an oil that can be used as a medicine, and is believed to have medicinal properties for its users.
But its main food is its seeds, which are used for making a traditional medicine, called agavir.
The seeds are grown by indigenous people in Australia’s west, but scientists believe this may be changing as temperatures increase in the region.
“That’s a concern, that we’re moving from a place where it’s pretty well guaranteed that the crop is going on, to a place that it’s not,” Dr Tuffell said.
“I think we’re seeing that trend with the temperatures in this area, but it’s going to take a lot more research to understand the full impacts of climate warming on the agvavaceae.”