I was struck by reading this article in Forbes Magazine by Todd Essig entitled Surviving Hurricane’s Irene Agricultural Disaster just how important the connection between climate change and food supply is as an ongoing Locavore Challenge. This is an excerpt from Essig’s finally tuned article that relates to our Region.
“Among those for whom Irene’s pain will continue are consumers with any sort
of relationship to local foods—from the committed locavore to farmers’ market
shoppers to those who nibble an occasional autumn apple. But the pain can be
lessened, and the benefits of local food preserved, by reconnecting the
food-weather link and developing more realistic expectations…………
Feeling an intimate bond between food and weather, a bond farmers live with
every day, is unfamiliar these days. Nationwide distributors buffer us from any
direct contact with the table-side consequences of weather, other than a few
pennies more or less on commodity prices. They do this by mixing food from
multiple regions into a single geographically diversified inventory thereby
managing risk from catastrophic weather in any one region. Unfortunately, they
also minimize reward, eliminating much of the taste, health benefits, and
advantages to the local communities in which the food was raised. In fact, much
of what we buy from these nationwide inventories should be called a “calorie
delivery system” rather than food.”
To read the entire article go to http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddessig/2011/08/30/surviving-hurricane-irenes-agricultural-destruction/
It is worth taking the time to do so.
Keep in mind Essig is a psychologist who writes for Psychology Today AND Forbes.