Affirmative Agroecological Responses to Coronavirus


| 3/30/2020 11:09:00 AM


affirmative agroecological responses to pandemic

Driven by the shuttered economies and supply chain disruptions provoked by the Coronavirus, and our basic human survival instincts, people have churned up a tsunami of affirmative agroecological activity toward securing garden seeds, growing food cooperatively, and otherwise connecting with local farms. 

Good thing. Pay attention. On March 26 the Director General of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Qu Dongyu, stated that "the COVID19 pandemic is affecting food systems and all dimensions of food security across the world..."

It's not just the pandemic that's making things dicey. Tough restrictions at the US-Mexico border have observers suspecting that skilled farmworkers may be in short supply, undermining the capacity of farms to be productive. Shocks to the food system are possible.

But thanks to the work of a wide network of agroecological enterprises, there are many pathways for people to help develop and accelerate a wave of affirmative agroecological farm-and-food responses for enhanced food security. Your participation in building the wave of affirmative agroecological responses can make an important difference, not just for your household but for your neighbors and the nation.



According Simon Huntley of Harvie, a website that connects farmers and consumers, for the sake of healthy food and food security "it's a good time to be in local food. Demand for local food, at least based on Harvie farms has tripled in the last few weeks. It's an exciting moment where we can serve our communities in very important ways."





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