Farming as the Climate Changes
Sustainable Food Trust
The world is facing a climate crisis and the changes this brings are dramatically impacting farmers across the world. As temperatures rise and rainfall becomes increasingly unpredictable, production is dropping and businesses are struggling. However, in the United States, climate change still divides opinion. Many still question its scientific validity, including President Trump who said climate change was ‘an expensive hoax’ and pulled the US out of the Paris Agreement.
However, in opposition to those climate-deniers, there are passionate and engaged people across America who are desperately working to keep us within the two-degree Celsius limit. In light of that division, we wanted to talk to farmers across the US to understand how they view climate change and what steps (if any) they were taking to address it.
The Sustainable Food Trust has been running this series over the past 12 months, featuring a diverse range of American farmers. This week we interview Albert Straus, the founder and CEO of Straus Family Creamery, a family-owned-and-operated business dedicated to making premium organic dairy products, with minimal processing. The Straus Dairy Farm (Albert’s farm) and Creamery, located in the small town of Marshall on the Northern California Coast, was the first certified organic dairy farm west of the Mississippi River and the first 100% certified organic creamery in the United States.