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Re: “Sky-high property values pose the biggest challenge to bringing good food to the masses

Finally--outside of Dana Beach, no one has done more for Charleston's environmental consciousness than Celeste Albers. She has deserved a cover for years. I had the privilege of working for her back in 1997 and 1998 when she and George farmed on Johns Island, and when there was so little environmental consciousness and support for local organic food here that she had to drive her produce down to Georgia just to sell it. If you are eating local, organic food, you have Celeste to thank. Sadly, Charleston is a boom town, in every sense of the word, just like the old Wild West, and there's no saving it, and hasn't been, for years. We're addicted to cars, to "growth" and "development," and as long as most of us get our calories from fossil-fuel based agricultural products, we will not support local, organic food at the scale it needs. If Charleston were serious, we'd be working on generating a perennial rice/pecan agri-culture, with perennial sorghum and various brassicas, as well, and would be figuring out how to grow this about 50 miles inland, under heat/drought conditions. The future is not looking pretty, with sea level rise and increasing temperatures, and this final bonanza of selling out Charleston is misguided and will not put food on our plates 30 years out. At least Celeste has stood her ground and has modeled an alternative filled with integrity, passion, and commitment, and I'm honored to have spent hours in the field with her, learning her craft. ---HippieToddandReva

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Posted by ToddProf on February 4, 2015 at 9:43 AM
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