Letter to the Editor:
Celebrate this harvest season by buying locally-grown produce, shopping at farmers markets and local family businesses, supporting family farms and donating to food pantries. These are ways one can contribute to the local economy, reduce transportation costs and carbon emissions, and assist people who need food assistance.
We can also support families in need worldwide who are seeing droughts, erratic rainfall and damage to their crops from pests and disease, all because of climate change which impacts their ability to provide food for their families.
Another way to help is to contact your congresspersons and encourage them to consider appropriating more funding for the Green Climate Fund, which is the main international program to help poor countries adapt to climate change. Pope Francis has asked that countries like the United States, which have great bounty, to provide “the financial resources and technical assistance needed to help [poor countries] deal with climate change and promote sustainable development.”
To learn more, join us for the movie, “King Corn” on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at 841 13th Ave., N. in Clinton. This film is about two college friends who move to Iowa to learn where their food comes from. With the help of neighbors, genetically modified seeds and herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil.
Check out our website at www.clintonfrancisacans.com for more information.
Nancy Miller, O.S.F.
Franciscan Peace Center