The community of Haven exists in a world where climate change has severely affected the world's capacity to produce food, leading to skyrocketing food prices and widespread food insecurity. The citizens of Haven are part of a minority that enjoy plentiful food, partly thanks to the possibility of farming in the now-temperate north, and partly due to proprietary technological advancements that they keep under wraps. How did Haven come to exist, how long can they thrive in this bleak world, and how will they deal with the threat of Outsiders?
In the first episode of The Haven Project, we join the community as they commemorate the recent passing of one of their founders, Chef Jacob Ascott, and take a closer look at the tensions that surround the issue of securing a safe supply of food for their community.
The fictional world in this podcast series may seem extreme, but it's based on real trends from our own world. Climate change is shifting growing conditions for globally important crops into higher latitudes and altitudes. Developing new climate-driven agricultural frontiers, however, could have serious environmental consequences, threatening biodiversity, water quality, and carbon storage.
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