In addition to providing awareness about food security, SYF seeks to understand the causes that might result in increase in food prices. In order to be informed about events that might result in food price increases I have developed a number of resources that allows me to keep up to date on happenings here and across the world.
An example of this is the way in which extreme weather has affected food production worldwide. I look at stats from reputable sources and observe the trends. Using this as a context, I have been able to determine that the food security situation is at a crossroads.
The food supply chain is under continuous stress from various causes and understanding why this occurs is how we can work to provide solutions. As mentioned in the program rationale, foremost among the causes of price increases is extreme weather. This is why the features of the greenhouse will make it immune to the most damaging aspects of extreme weather.
Our climate has become destabilized and the balance we have enjoyed has come to an end. Until some sort of balance has been achieved, frequency and intensity of extreme weather events will continue. The trends illustrate this fact and we must now look at climate change adaptation until our climate stabilizes.
Growing food indoors for food security is a climate change adaptation strategy that is beginning to take root in our society. We have the Mississauga Food Bank using Aquaponics to provide vegetables and fish to its clients. In Cloverdale, BC, the use of a living wall of vegetables by a local church group who want to provide fresh produce to the needy is another example. Examples like these and the work that SYF does are hedges, in the case that we do not reverse the present trend with our climate.
Let us work together and secure our future for ourselves and our loved ones. Thank you.