Creating Resilient Local Food Systems
Lexicon shares the discussion of farming and resiliency with Food Tank. In this article, Food Tank co-founder Danielle Nierenberg addresses the urgency of building resilient food systems in face of climate change. A resilient food system is able to absorb the shocks of climate change and population growth without suffering a decline in food production and food access. “Family farmers and food revolutionaries are working to create this paradigm shift [in food systems] by restoring ecological resilience in their local communities,” notes Nierenberg. Examples of how these farm heroes are building ecological resilience include crop diversification, wildlife habitat preservation on farms, and building soil fertility and soil moisture retention on farms.
After describing the global impact of climate change, such as wildfires in Russia and the prolonged drought in California, Nierenberg identifies concrete examples of those who are involved in building ecological resilience, listing the “family farmers, food heroes, and organizations around the world [who] are working to create resilient local food systems…”
Read more to discover who they are and what tools they are building to combat the shock of climate change on the food system.