Climate-resilient breadfruit might be the food of the future

While researchers predict that climate change will have an adverse effect on most staple crops, including rice, corn and soybeans, a new study finds that breadfruit — a starchy tree fruit native to the Pacific islands — will be relatively unaffected. To conduct the study, the researchers first determined the climate conditions required to cultivate breadfruit. Then, they looked at how these conditions are predicted to change in the future (between the years 2060 and 2080). They found that the suitable area for growing breadfruit decreased by a modest 4.4 to 4.5%.