Food and Faith is a blog of the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
A big thank you to Adam Liebowitz at North Star Fund, a fellow member of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, for this great collection of news on all things food and farming.
Don't Let Food Industry Stir the Pot. Pam Kock, Huffington Post, Mar 23, 2015
The PR War Continues: Monsanto and the myth of peaceful coexistence. Laetitia Benador, Food First, Apr 2, 2015
Trade Rules Create Obstacle Course for a Better Food System. Karen Hansen-Kuhn, IATP, May 15, 2015
John Oliver Explains the Abuses of the Chicken Industry (Not the Ones You Think). L.V. Anderson, Slate, May 18, 2015
Walmart’s Sustainability Promises: Myth vs. Reality. Steve Holt, Civil Eats, Jun 5, 2015
Egg rationing in America has officially begun. Roberto Ferdman, Washington Post, Jun 5, 2015
Whole Foods Markets: Throwing Organic Farmers Under the Bus? Cornucopia Institute, Jun 12, 2015
Climate Change Poses Serious Threats to Food Distribution. Elizabeth Grossman, Earth Island Journal, Mar 4, 2015
The Color of Food: America's Invisible Farmers. Natasha Bowens, Civil Eats, Apr 14, 2015
The Color of Food: Building Autonomy as African American Farmers. Natasha Bowens, Civil Eats, Apr 14, 2015
Promised a Supermarket Five Years Ago, a Housing Project Is Still Waiting. Keith Williams, New York Times, Apr 17, 2015
The World Bank’s Long War on Peasants. Eric Holt-Giménez and Tanya M. Kerssen, Food First, Apr 20, 2015
What happened to America’s black farmers? Madeleine Thomas,Grist, Apr 24, 2015
Justice for farmworkers as labor rights bill makes overdue progress in the New York State Senate. Editorial, NY Daily News, May 3, 2015
Can We Finally Treat Food Workers Fairly? Mark Bittman, New York Times, May 27, 2015
The New Food Movement Has a Problem with Race. Lauren Rothman, Mucnhies, May 29, 2015
The Food Revolution and the War for Our Minds. Jonathan Latham, Rural America, Jun 12, 2015
School Lunch May Be Next to Nudge Antibiotics Off the Plate. Maryn McKenna, National Geographic, May 8, 2015
In Newark, a Vertical Indoor Farm Helps Anchor an Area’s Revival. C.J. Hughes, New York Times, Apr 7, 2015
Why “Clean Label” School Lunch May Be a Pipe Dream. Bettina Elias Siegel, Civil Eats, Apr 9, 2015
Council Members Ask De Blasio to Invest in Farmland. Samar Khurshid, Gotham Gazette, Apr 21, 2015
USDA Report Shows Increase in Activity of Local and Regional Food Systems. AJ Hughes, Seedstock, May 10, 2015
Vermont: America’s Food Relocalization Laboratory. Steve Holt, Civil Eats, May 13, 2015
Let’s Help Create More Farmers. Mark Bittman, New York Times, Jun 10, 2015
30 Women Under 30 Changing Food. Danielle Nierenberg, Huffington Post, Jun 23, 2015
I am going to share with you, a poem:
and cheese powder,
and ammonium sulfate,
and yellow number 5
Okay, it is not really a poem. Just a selection of ingredients you’ll find listed on the back of the store brand cheese-its box in my recycling bin...
It’s the dirty laundry of this food justice advocate. But I air these treason in favor inclusion and the prevention of burnout.
My high school mascot was the Cornjerker, which was a big ear of corn that ran out on the field (you can’t make this stuff up). So as I think about food and farms it is to that traditional back drop of the small family farm in communities where I was raised.
Whenever Presbyterians approach our food and farm policies, we can hang our hats on our faith conviction “that God our Creator has made the world for everyone, and desires that all shall have daily bread” (UPCUSA, Minutes, 1979, p. 189). This underlying conviction of a right to food shapes our advocacy about agriculture and the food system.
With this value in mind, you can weigh in on the Farm Bill debates that are heating up in our nation’s capital ~ Write to your Senators about the Farm Bill today! This link takes you straight to the PCUSA which allows you to reach your Senators in less than a minute. Seriously. Time yourself.
"Why would I do that? you ask . . .
Well, our nation’s food and farm policies, as embodied in the U.S. Farm Bill, impact people and communities from rural America, to urban centers, to developing countries - hundreds of millions of people! In the current budget climate, the Farm Bill’s limited resources must be targeted effectively where the need is greatest. We must prioritize programs and policies that curb hunger and malnutrition, support vibrant agricultural economies in rural communities, and promote the sustainable use of natural resources.
The PC(USA) Office of Public Witness has joined with the interfaith community to call for a Farm Bill that promotes local food security in the U.S. and around the world, strengthen rural communities, and care for the land as God’s creation.
The Senate is currently debating the reauthorization of the Farm Bill – the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 – and consideration promises to drag out for over a week, as hundreds of amendments will be offered. Your Senators need to hear from you about a just and healthy Farm Bill.
The letter will do this automatically, but let's lay out the important issues. What we want is a Farm Bill that:
U.S. food and agricultural policy must focus on adopting best agricultural practices that put the health of its citizens, the land and the livelihood of farmers and farm workers over the interests of a small number of large, industrial agriculture operations. Stand up to protect not only farmers, without whom we would all go hungry, but to enact a food and farm bill that fairly and judiciously serves the interests of all Americans.
In a 1985 statement, the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly wrote “we believe it is the responsibility and duty of the Federal government to enact a comprehensive, long-term food and fiber policy, with specific price, production and conservation goals designed to protect and enhance family-farm agriculture in the United States … We believe further that this nation must establish a strong system of sustainable agriculture and prevent the continuing concentration of land in the hands of a smaller and smaller number of owners” (Minutes, 1985, p. 399).
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Today, June 5th, is not only the transit of Venus in front of the sun, but it is also when all these things are happening:
Better late than never, right?
On June 18-22, Environmental Ministries staffer, Rebecca Barnes-Davies will attend the People’s Summit with the World Council of Churches delegation. She will be watching the development at the UNCSD, learning from workshops at the People's Summit, and blogging on Eco-Justice Journey for Presbyterians about her experiences while in Rio. She hopes this will help us gain a better global understanding of our call to care for God’s creation, even as we continue our local efforts in our own places.
So to help celebrate the day, perhaps you might:
And since this is the Food and Faith Blog, learn about the connections between food and climate and climate and food.
Finally, contact me at Andrew.KangBartlett@pcusa.org if you want to be on the next Open Food Justice Call--Thursday, June 14 at 4:00 pm eastern time. The theme is, yup, "Climate Change: Why Food Matters A LOT!"