The next Commerce Secretary will have the challenge and opportunity to view the two in a more synergistic manner. After all, the nation's weather and climate agency was placed in Commerce for a reason, right?
given that substantial temperature increases are already "baked in the pie," we must figure out ways to protect human welfare and development gains, by helping poor people and countries adapt to climate change.
The first group of protestors at Occupy Wall Street publically delivered 23 complaints, outlining the ways in which corporations control our daily lives. Number four asserted, "They have poisoned the food supply through negligence and undermined the farming system through monopolization."
Enormous quantities of food in many countries are needlessly lost or rendered less nutritious or less palatable due to inefficient processing, spoilage, exposure to heat, devastation by insects and rodents, and other avoidable factors.
The economic consequences of water stress are clear to the naked eye. Emaciated livestock, ravaged crops, and the exposed and cracked beds of lakes make for powerful images. But what can't be seen is equally menacing.
Food labeling isn't black and white and "organic" and "natural" labels are no guarantee of ideal quality. Thankfully, several experts, writers and small businesses have attempted to provide resources to help consumers make educated choices.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the Academy for Global Citizenship's Sarah Elizabeth Ippel - the core of her amazing efforts have developed into a learning lab for broader systemic change in the community.
How could an ad celebrating the American farmer paint such a distorted picture of the people who actually work on farms today? The reality is that farmworkers are systematically underpaid and under-appreciated.
For many Americans, the higher price of chicken wings was bad news. But the good news that could emerge from food-price sticker shock is that more people will ask what we can do in agriculture to help stop climate change while still feeding the world.
If you want to listen to a funny story about tomatoes and group of hungry hippos, Ernesto Sirolli tells a great one. The story is as colorful as its teller, but the moral is sobering: if you really want to help people, you have to just shut up and listen.