Farms and Food in an Era of Climate Change: Resilient Agriculture

| 8/12/2015 11:09:00 AM

Winds roared above, storms lashed the land, and fires of extraordinary scope and ferocity flared through the summer of 2015. In this turbulent, historic context, climate scientist James Hansen stepped forward to report on the big picture. He said our future is closer and more intense than we have so far imagined. Climate change is real, is underway, is intensifying.

Our current state is hazardous and our impending reality is escalating intensity.

We must reckon with reality, or be overwhelmed. To maintain adequate production of food, fiber and fuel through the 21st century, we must make changes that will enhance the adaptive capacity of agriculture. This is not an academic debate. This is a stark reality that no amount of billionaire-funded denial and corporate disinformation can make go away. In the context of deliberate corporate intransigence and governmental gridlock, this is a responsibility we the people must take on.

Knowing this full well, when I saw Laura Lengnick’s new book mentioned in a posting to the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SANET) Listserv, I was impelled immediately to contact her and to exchange books. Lengnick’s visionary volume – Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate – is a direct response to the climate realities of today. Her survey of actualities and possibilities offers a deep and wide-ranging assessment of what is needed to respond intelligently.

I’ve come to regard climate change in much the same way Lengnick expresses it in her book: The facts are plain and convincing. We're at the point of no return. There’s no time to dither. We must respond now. In this matter agriculture and our food system are critical matters, and they must be at the foundation of our responses. That basic realization has also motivated me. It’s why I wrote Awakening Community Intelligence: CSA Farms as 21st Century Cornerstones, the book I offered to Lengnick as my part of the exchange.

8/24/2015 10:44:12 AM

There is no climate change, just money changing from the poor to the rich.

8/24/2015 8:40:19 AM

"... We're at the point of no return. ..." Not true! As soon as we start living truly sustainably, the tide will start turning. Thank you, Hearthstone - www.ModelEarth.Org

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