Climate change affects our farmers in more ways than one. Various weather changes have significantly reduced agricultural productivity, which in turn affects our access to and the quality of food.
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The Good Shepherd Convent, a social enterprise aiding the college education of Cordillera youth, is one of the many reeling from these effects as their farmers struggle to cultivate a steady supply of ube for their well-loved ube halaya. In the past few weeks, however, supplies have dwindled and their farmers have not been able to produce any ube.
In light of this, the organization has produced a new iteration of their well-loved pasalubong: a white ube halaya. True to its name, the white ube halaya is made out of a white version of the yam: the only available supply at the moment. Though it may look different, the organization assures its customers that this iteration of the ube jam tastes just as good as the purple one.
“Now, let’s all do our share in caring for the earth and calling for climate justice. And let’s do this not only because we love Ube Jam but because we #CareForOurCommonHome,” their Facebook post reads.
Writer: ANGELA PATRICIA SUACILLO
ART LEVENSPEIL SANGALANG