Do you ever feel like the world is crumbling around you? Perhaps in a figurative sense. But lately I have felt as though the Earth itself is conspiring against humankind. We have had a record tornado season, a heat wave, a cold spell, and even an earthquake in the eastern U.S. A drought in the Horn of Africa is leaving over 12 million people suffering from hunger, children being hit hardest. While political instability has contributed to the food crisis in the region, crop failure is largely to blame. Floods continue to ravage Pakistan, leaving many homeless and hungry.
Farmers in the U.S. have not been exempt from the craziness on this planet. Storms in the wake of Hurricane Irene left much of the northeast under water, leaving many farmers in the region with less than 20% of their crop remaining. The New York Times published an article on how farmers in New York are coping with the devastation. While some of the stories are heartbreaking, the resilience of the farming community and how they take everything in stride is inspiring!
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