Official Register of Reality Makes Apparent Why CSA Farms are Needed

| 9/23/2015 9:34:00 AM

Tags: CSAs, climate change, food system, climate refugees, Steven McFadden, Nebraska,

When I read that the appalling refugee crisis in Europe could be understood as part of the initial swelling of a tsunami of population shifts compelled by climate change, I realized once again how critical CSA farms may prove to be. For stability, security and basic associative economy, we need many thousands more community supported farms (CSAs) along with the array of other agrarian initiatives that are progressively enhancing community food security.


The Global Refugee Crisis' Roots in Climate Change

One of the core factors leading to the current refugee crisis was the cruel drought that began in the Middle East in 2007-2008, a drought that endures. Crops withered, livestock perished, children went hungry. In droves, farmers and their families fled first to nearby cities, hoping for work but finding instead poverty and squalor. This desperate condition led to the unrest that sparked the Syrian civil war and that is now driving the migration calamity.

The foundation of today’s refugee crisis is climate change and its direct impact farming and food, an apocalyptic reality currently being illuminated in North America the flickering glare of record-setting wildfires. We are just at the beginning of a long stretch of increasing intensity. The waves of climate change are forecast to build in intensity from here on out. That is why we need hundreds of thousands more local farm and food initiatives including community supported farms. They are rooted in common sense.

CSAs can serve as cornerstones as communities gear up to reckon with the hard realities of climate change. It’s here. It’s going to become more intense. Climate change is now having an impact on farms and food not just in the Middle East, Africa and Australia, but also here in North America. Sustainable, agroecological farms such as arise in the context of CSA, can help add stability in dozens of important ways.

The reality of climate change and its direct impact on farms and food is, at last, registering in government. The USDA has commissioned an interagency assessment report entitled “Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System.” Note this study well. It’s important as an indicator that finally – beyond the rhetoric of politics – serious people are recognizing that we have a serious problem. All of us. It’s time to act.

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