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Climate change threatens Central American farmers, warns Catholic Relief Services

Catholic World News - December 27, 2012

In a recent study, “Tortillas on the Roaster,” Catholic Relief Services warned that climate change threatens farmers in Mexico and Central America.

“The report highlights that there is no quick fix,” said Paul Hicks, the regional coordinator of Catholic Relief Services’ Global Water Initiative-Central America. “This is about getting back to basics. Extension services across the region need to be reinvigorated to train small farmers in soil and water management. And governments need to lead, they have the ability to make a real difference through setting climate-smart agricultural policies.”

Founded by the US bishops in 1943, Catholic Relief Services currently has 21 board members, 14 of whom are bishops.

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  • Posted by: impossible - Dec. 29, 2012 1:57 PM ET USA

    The point is not whether, weather or not, we should help the farmers. The point is that we can no more affect global climate patterns any more than we can, try as we might, fashion God in our own image and likeness. We can and should obey the commandments and the beatitudes but avoid getting drunk on the leftist Kool Aid. We, especially the leftists, need to avoid placing false gods before God - whether the gods are on the left or on the right. Let's all get real and put logic in front place

  • Posted by: FredC - Dec. 29, 2012 12:35 PM ET USA

    The focus of the report is what farmers are to do. The report does imply that greenhouse gases are a significant cause (Page 108 of the full report), but you really shouldn't fault CRS for working to help farmers cope with the higher temperatures and less rain that they are experiencing.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Dec. 28, 2012 7:53 PM ET USA

    This is why I stopped contributing to these imbeciles. Everything is climate change. Sending them money would be putting your money into a rat hole.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Dec. 28, 2012 12:40 PM ET USA

    Would someone please tell CRS that God is in contol of the climate and not man? When I get the CRS begging letters in the mail from now on, into the circular file they go! They are just another Marxist agitprop.

  • Posted by: unum - Dec. 27, 2012 10:47 PM ET USA

    Who knew that CRS were experts on meteorology? I thought they were just leftists with an agenda using funds donated to the USCCB by average Americans.

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