The global climate is warming at an unprecedented rate. If the World continues business as usual, we will continue to see a rise in climate change. Some of the major causes of climate change are human activities, such as: fossil fuel consumption, deforestation, and agriculture. In order to put a stop to the rising rate of climate change, we need to change our behavior to promote a balanced relationship with nature.
Over the past six to seven decades, farming has become more and more intense and industrialized. This industrialization meant an increase in: fossil fuel consumption, soil depletion, deforestation, and water consumption. Additionally, these activities have emitted a huge amount of greenhouse gases (i.e. carbon dioxide and methane) which contribute to global warming.
Climate change will affect all areas of life and is among the greatest threats to our generation and the generations to come. We can expect more frequent and intense weather-related disasters, such as: hurricanes, floods, heat waves, droughts, water shortages, and forced immigrations. All of these disasters will have a huge impact on agriculture worldwide.
Agriculture has always been at the mercy of unpredictable weather, but a rapidly changing climate is making agriculture an even more vulnerable enterprise. In some regions, warmer temperatures may increase crop yields. However, the overall impact of climate change on agriculture is expected to be negative—reducing food supplies and raising food prices. Many regions are already suffering from high rates of hunger and food insecurity, including parts of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. With changes in rainfall patterns, farmers face dual threats from flooding and drought which are destroying crops.
We need to change how we produce food and what we eat. It is time to start putting emphasis on local, organic and sustainable food production over large scale industrial farming methods. By utilizing sustainable production methods, we can put nutrition back into the soil and restore topsoil which catches carbon and holds onto water. These methods include: regenerative farming, intercropping, and growing organically without fertilizers containing fossil fuels. We need to work with nature and not against it.
For local, organic farming to have greater impact, we need to think differently about how we shop and eat. We are used to eating food items all year round which are produced and imported from around the world. In order to decrease the distance food is transported, keep nutrition in the plants and support our local farmers, it would be beneficial to eat food seasonally that is grown locally. Here in Michigan, this means that we indulge in peaches during the summer and apples in autumn. We need to hone our skills in preserving food for the winter.
At One World Center, we are passionate about the health of our bodies and souls along the health of our planet. We are also passionate about growing food locally and organically. We are doing our best in our own garden farm but also want to support the local community around us. We believe that the movement of organic farmers will grow because the most used methods of growing food today is simply not sustainable. We need to protect the planet for generations to come. We hope that you will join us in eating seasonally and supporting local farmers.