Opinion: California’s climate bond can address food insecurity
As advocates who promote sustainable and resilient farming in California, we continue to witness the urgent need for action in the face of climate change. Collectively, our organizations work to improve the health and well-being of farm workers, provide training and resources to help farm workers transition to organic farm ownership, and increase access to healthy food for all. Climate change is all too real a threat in California for the people we serve. Farmers are facing an unprecedented frequency and intensity of drought, floods, extreme heat and wildfires. Small and medium-sized farmers with thin profit margins are at greatest risk, as are the younger farmers on whom we will be increasingly dependent as our aging farmer population retires.
-Written by Patricia Carrillo, executive director of the Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association; Irene de Barraicua, director of policy and communications for Lideres Campesinas; and Frank Tamborello, executive director of Hunger Action LA and a member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council.