Climate Change Is Already Hurting Fruit Breeders, And Consumers Could Soon Feel The Pain

In Mark Demuth’s research orchard in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the peach tree twigs glow a soft red-brown under the strengthening late winter sun. The peaches are emerging from hibernation, he says, as he points out which of the stirring buds will open as leaves and which as blossoms come early April. Until then, the trees must undertake their most perilous journey of the year.