A Diverse Coalition Forms To Address Rural Issues Arising During The COVID-19 Pandemic
PReP stands for Pandemic Research for the People. PReP is a program created by the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps to rapidly devise and disseminate practical solutions that will aid communities around the world struggling with the pandemic. PReP is sponsoring a series of working groups to address different facets of the pandemic.
GC Resolve, in collaboration with the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps, is facilitating PReP Rural, which is focused on supporting rural communities. Other groups include PReP Neighborhoods, who is addressing how mutual aid groups can help in inner-city neighborhood responses and PReP Agroecologies, who is addressing alternate agriculture approaches that keep pathogens from emerging in the first place.
Below is the first PReP Rural Dispatch Action Steps which highlights 6 key regenerative solutions essential to protecting our national security. Click the document below to read the entire Dispatch.
One of PReP Rural's co-authors is the Executive Director of Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP), Sherri Dugger. In the below conversation, Dugger interviews GC Resolve Founder and President Graham Christensen about PReP Rural and the structural issues holding back independent agriculture.
The latest Dispatch is below! This time PReP Rural takes on one of the most overlooked issues...our nutrition.
Not surprisingly, rural people and minorities, are less likely to have access to good nutrition, and are more susceptible to the worst outcomes from viruses such as Covid-19.
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Farmers set a course for the future, by going back to the way it was. For Clay Govier, that means raising crops beyond the ones he’s always grown.
“It's tough to make a good living growing corn and soybeans anymore,” he said. He'd like to grow peas, kidney beans, sunflowers, and other crops too. “We really need to get back to growing food people eat,” the Broken Bow farmer said.
At the same time, he wants to integrate livestock and manure instead of synthetic fertilizer, while capturing more carbon. “Improving the soil. A lot of people talk about sustainability. I don't want to sustain what we have,” Govier said, saying sustainability falls short when farmers can be regenerative.Read more