For Syria, small-scale, autonomous farming offers a model of inspiration for the challenges that lie ahead in terms of weakened food security, the use of food as a weapon and the vulnerability of farming livelihoods. In the long run, planting it as an idea may well be the most important thing to do.
The conflict in Syria and the rise of Isis have displaced half a nation of people and generated the largest humanitarian crisis in the world today.
If we want to “send a message to those who hate us,” here’s a new one: Come to our homes, share our food, allow us to wash your feet after your long journey.
Extreme weather events will, of course, become more common as the planet warms. But the disruption and suffering of climate change will be largely hidden in the form of events like the war in Syria, the rise of extremists, even civil unrest like that of the “Arab Spring” which we, in the West, view favorably.
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