Farmers on the fronT lines of climate change
The CO-VID 19 pandemic is but the latest in the mounting evidence that human behavior is altering the healthy functioning of our natural systems.
As perhaps society's closest observers of these troubling alterations—and our first responders to them—our farmers have deep wisdom and hands-on expertise to share as we seek to restore those systems to health. In the few weeks since the pandemic reached crisis proportions in New York, we've seen ever more intricate and effective food delivery systems emerging from Hudson Valley farming networks as they innovate ways to meet the needs of our urban, suburban, and rural communities. If we needed proof that farmers stand ready to deliver in times of crisis, we have that proof now.
Here we lift up the voices of those farmers as they advocate for a prominent seat at the policymaking table as we grapple with the collateral damage of the Age of the Anthropocene—the intertwining challenges of climate change, pandemics, and species collapse that threaten our food system and humanity's future on Planet Earth.