Friday, 21 September 2012

Pulse of The People: Agriculture needs our support

The Assemblymen: Food pantry supplies critically low news article indicates the growing problem of poverty and hunger in our communities. Even though honorable former Rep. Michael McNulty similarly approached the problem a few years ago the poverty and hunger issue has expanded. Gov. Andrew Cuomo mentioned in his 2012 State of the State Address that there is never an excuse for letting any child in New York go to bed hungry.

The Patroon Land Farm, a community supported agriculture non-profit 162-acre farm, partners with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to produce fresh vegetables for food pantries. However, the community supported agriculture non profit is not economically able to expand production beyond a small fraction of the farm parcel.

The growth of community supported agriculture and the expansion of the Capital District Community Gardens programs requires additional federal and state monies to enhance sustainable agriculture.

Biotechnological innovation of community supported agriculture with energy-efficient horticulture facilities can produce fresh vegetables year-round. Additional investment into community supported agriculture units to employ individuals in food processing of these locally produced fruits and vegetables will enhance availability during the winter.

Broadened political and economic support for a sustainable community supported agriculture system in our area will possibly maintain farmland, increase biotechnology innovations, increase business and employment opportunities and cultivate year-round production of nutritious food for food pantries.

Michael McGlynn


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