The Food and Climate Connection

A beautiful and disturbing video from World Hunger Year features Anna Lappé, writer and Parent Earth Expert, and others, discussing how farmers are among those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Deb Habib and Ricky Baruc, from Seeds of Solidarity Farm and Educational Center; and Ceci Charles-King from Growing Food and Justice for All, comment on this. “With climate change, small producers don’t have the same reference points for growing, and we’re being subjected to natural disasters we’ve never seen before in Brazil,” (Andrea Borges Fereira, Landless Workers Movement and Via Campesina, Brazil). There is desertification and drought in India, we have severe hunger in Kenya. Those countries most at risk now for hunger are those on the front lines and most at risk from impending climate change. The term “sustainability” is being co-opted by large industrial agriculture and chemical companies. The Rodale Institute has shown that organic agriculture can produce more crops than conventional farming. We need to preserve the genetic diversity in agriculture that indigenous people around the world have been maintaining. We are starting to see the food justice and the climate change movements coming together – changing the food system can help solve the climate crisis instead of contributing to it.

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