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Changing Climate…Changing Food

The warming caused by huge consumption on the part of some rich countries has repercussions on the poorest areas of the world, especially Africa, where a rise in temperature, together with drought, has proved devastating for farming.

Pope Francis, Laudato Si

 

We depend on food not only for physical survival but economic as well. Yet, as consumption of food rises, the environmental impacts are felt on the most vulnerable. Around the world, farmers we serve are facing loss of crops due to heavy floods and prolonged droughts caused by climate change.

The earth, our common home, needs our help. Here are three ways you can act today:

Advocate

Smallholder farmers are on the front lines of climate change. Every day they see firsthand the effects of climate change on their crops—their livelihoods. Together we can advocate for farmers—our brothers and sisters who produce food to feed their families—and make their voices and stories heard.  

In 2015, several of Alefa’s crops (common beans, sesame and rice) failed due to the drought in Malawi. Today, through the support of CRS, she is able to purchase drought-resistant seeds and learn agricultural practices that build resilience to future shocks.

Support Sustainable Farming

Sustainable farming is one step we can take to be better stewards of the Earth’s resources. Some techniques we use in our sustainable farming initiatives around the world include: using cover crops, planting with green manure and “no till” practices, conserving water and using native varieties of crops to manage pests. These approaches increase productivity, decrease costs and improve soil fertility, all of which strengthens resilience.

Agnes Tai, 34, and her husband Blasius Meak, 56, began employing new agriculture techniques to mitigate the effects of climate change in Indonesia. Thanks to these initiatives, they now have a good variety of vegetables and corn as staple crops.

Shop

We can use our buying power to show companies that we care about people and the planet. From fair wages and healthy working conditions to sustainable production, all the products featured here support organizations that work to create better livelihoods for farmers and a better food system for all. 

 

1- Organic Dark Chocolate Caramel Crunch with Sea Salt $3.50 Equal Exchange | 2-Organic Natural Almonds $6.95 Equal Exchange | 3- Organic Mama Tierra Coffee $12.00 Equal Exchange | 4- Sunkissed Rooibos Tea $12 Serrv | 5- Lentil Soup Mix $6.50 Serrv | 6- Mild Hot Rocks $6.00 Serrv | 7- Garlic-Infused Olive Oil $15.00 Serrv

 

Want to learn more? Check out our stories about the effects of climate change and CRS’ work to support those who have been impacted.