Jul 11, 2017
Our goal at Pine Street Bakery is to provide patrons with a personal experience - like showing up for a meal at a friend’s house. We want to provide delicious food that you can trust is sourced as locally as possible. You can come find a seat to meet your friends or make new ones. You might just be sitting next to the farmer who grew your salad, the orchardist who grew the apples in your pie, or the rancher who provided the wheat for your bread or the eggs in your strata. Our menu changes with the seasons, but our mission is the same.
We source as locally as possible. We purchase wheat from local producers like Kelly Ranch and other farmers in Wasco County. We depend on local availability. As it gets hotter and dryer in the Northwest, wheat production will be impacted. Farmers in the South and Southwest parts of our state are already seeing it happen. If crops don’t make it, or farmers have to purchase more water to keep crops alive in drought conditions -- these are impacts that trickle down to me and then to my customers when the ingredients I use become unavailable or more expensive to buy. The cumulative effects of extreme events like flooding, heat, and drought has already cost the US agriculture sector over $275 billion between 1980 and 2011 – or nearly $9 billion a year. The price of foods like cereals, grain, and rice has more than tripled between 2005 and 2008. That hurts everyone.
Living and working in Hood River, we see climate impacts in a personal way. Tourism is affected when there’s no snow on the mountain. Unseasonably hot, dry weather limits harvests. Nearby wildfires affect air quality, and threaten homes and farms. Oregon has been experiencing larger and more severe fires -- a trend that will continue, with a forecast for a quadrupling of acres burned each year by the 2080s.
I do what I can to lessen my impact. Clean Energy Jobs would make it easier for me to do more. We could take simple actions, like putting solar panels on our roof, and doing energy efficiency upgrades on our building and equipment. These measures would help lower our energy costs. And as a small business owner, every penny counts.
It’s past time for Oregon to transition to a clean energy economy. That’s the only way we can protect Oregon’s unique food systems, farms and businesses. Our state can reap the rewards of more jobs, clean air, and local, renewable energy -- but only if we hold large polluters accountable with a limit and price on the pollution. As a community member and business owner, I see the threat of climate change on Oregon farmers, families and communities. It requires urgent action, and Clean Energy Jobs gives us the opportunity to act now for Oregon’s future.