By Alan Guebert
Farm and Food File
In a White House Rose Garden ceremony June 1, President Donald J. Trump announced he would pull the U.S. from the Paris treaty on global climate change. It was a matter of national sovereignty, explained Trump.
Or, as he colorfully noted, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
True, but he was elected to represent Paris, Ill.; Paris, Ky.; Paris, Idaho; Paris, Ark.; Paris, Maine; Paris, Mich.; Paris, Iowa, and Paris, Ind. What’s more, if national polling holds true in these somewhat lesser cities of light, then two out of every three American Parisians see climate change as a global, national, community, and personal threat.
Still, the President acted. How will U.S. and world agriculture react?
The always-sunny Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue endorsed the President’s move. “Floods, droughts, and natural disasters are a fact of life for farmers, ranchers, and foresters,” ironically noted the secretary, as if acknowledging the food-growing reality climate scientists say is ahead of us if we take the White House’s fossil-fueled course.
But, hey, added Perdue, farmers and ranchers “have persevered in the past and they will adapt in the future — with the assistance of the scientists and experts at USDA.”
There are two gaping holes in Perdue’s hopeful net. First, not all farmers and ranchers “persevered” in previous climate calamities. In fact, many farm families and rural communities still carry the searing scars of the dirty, hungry Dust Bowl days of the 1930s and devastating floods in 1973 and…
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