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How would you help support farmers affected by climate change?
Climate change is already affecting us now, with severe implications for how we deal with global hunger. We see the impacts of climate change through increasing trends in the number and severity of droughts, wildfires, floods, hurricanes and other weather disasters, as well as slow-onset effects like sea level rise.
Changing climates are making it harder for farmers to predict crop seasons. This is particularly problematic for farmers in developing countries, who are dependent on rain-fed agriculture and lack the capacity and resources to adapt.
As the world begins to feel the impacts of a changing climate, we will inevitably need to spend money to adapt. People in developing countries had little or nothing to do with creating the climate crisis, but they will be affected the most. Thus, industrialized countries like the U.S. have a responsibility to provide funding to help these people deal with the impacts of climate change. There are a variety of ideas out there for how to do this, but none have been implemented yet.
The money we raise to deal with climate change can come either from public sources (through government spending and grants) or private sources (through corporate investment and lending).
How would you deal with corn ethanol subsidies?*
*Current mandates mean 10% of gasoline is composed of corn ethanol.
The current ethanol mandate is part of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Corn is a staple of our food system. Forty percent of all corn grown in the U.S. is currently used to produce ethanol.
What agricultural approach would you encourage in the poorest regions in the world?
Even though we produce enough food for the entire world, there are still at least 870 million people who do not get enough to eat. The majority of them live in developing countries and are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods.
How would you approach foreign aid?*
*Currently foreign aid accounts for less than 1% of the national budget.
In a time of tight fiscal constraints, foreign aid for global hunger programs often comes up on the chopping block. At the same time, the investments that we make in global hunger programs now will impact the amount of money that we will likely spend on aid in the future.
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