Today’s Quick Hits, July 2, 2019

Foodmakers double down on snacks (Wall Street Journal): Despite uneven growth, food companies continue to invest in snacks because of their higher profit margins.

NFU calls out climate denialism (The Hill): In an opinion piece, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said that although farmers and ranchers are reeling from record floods and rains, “the only advice from Trump’s agriculture chief is to check the weather forecast.”

Global warming rising steadily (Science News): A new study in the journal Nature shows the world is on track to blow through the temperature target of 1.5 degrees Celsius over preindustrial times by mid-century.

China’s undercounted hog losses (Reuters): As many as half of China’s breeding pigs have either died from African swine fever or been slaughtered because of the spreading disease, twice as many as officially acknowledged.

Blockchain-based crop insurance (Insurance Journal): Aon and Oxfam have teamed up to use blockchain technology to offer crop insurance to smallholder farmers in Sri Lanka.