Posts Categorized: Agriculture

To End Hunger We Must Address Root Causes

Fighting hunger is at the heart of our Presbyterian understanding of mission. Jesus fed the hungry and told his disciples to do the same. Yet, we know that hunger is an extremely complex phenomenon with economic, political and social causes. 51 years ago, when the Hunger Program begin, our founding mothers and fathers realized that… Read more »

Beyond the Rural Urban Divide

Cow people spell 'solid' with signs Cultivating Solidarity in Tough Times By John Peck, executive director of Family Farm Defenders  The full article is here (pages 9-11) and includes great content on U.S. farm justice history.  Family Farm Defenders is a strategic partner of PHP and a fabulous, farmer-led group that is committed to solidarity and movement building. You can find… Read more »

Dreaming Another World as this One Heats

Heat, a Common Denominator Out of control fires. Hottest decade on record. Hot oceans spawning super storms. Polarized politics. Heated debates. COVID fever. The discomfort is now hitting the middle class and even upper classes feel the encroaching heat. The unrelenting  suffering from racism, hunger, poverty and injustice has spread from the invisibilized margins into… Read more »

Deputy-involved shooting in Florida raises concerns

PC(USA) calls for ‘complete transparency’ in Immokalee man’s death By Darla Carter | Cross-post from Presbyterian News Service  LOUISVILLE — The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has joined a chorus of concerned voices calling for law enforcement officials to be more transparent about the deputy-involved shooting of a longtime member of a south Florida farming community last… Read more »

As COVID unfolds into hunger crisis, prize recognizes transformative solutions

woman with bright Somalian garb cultivating field Twelfth Annual Food Sovereignty Prize honors the Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine and the All Nepal Peasants’ Federation As the COVID-19 pandemic adds 83–132 million people to the world’s hungry this year, the Food Sovereignty Prize highlights grassroots efforts meeting urgent needs while advancing transformative solutions. Organized by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA),… Read more »

Farmworkers in the Pandemic: Webinar Resources

“It’s ironic that those who till the soil, cultivate and harvest the fruits, vegetables, and other foods that fill your tables with abundance have nothing left for themselves.” ~ Cesar Chavez CONTENTS: Presenters Next Steps Take Action Connect With Us Online Find Resources Platform for Food & Farm Workers University of Florida Resources for Farm… Read more »

Panning out with Kathia Ramirez to build a U.S. food movement

Have you ever seen a movie that starts with a bird’s-eye view of a person at their desk or in their bed? Then the camera rises straight up and you travel through the ceiling and you’re looking down on the house, the neighborhood and soon the city as the camera goes up, until gradually you… Read more »

Essentially Disposable: Farmworkers in the Pandemic

graphic with farmworker webinar info REGISTER for the Webinar Farmworkers are essential to the feeding of our nation. More personally, they ensure that you and I have food on our plates each day. Called “essential” during this pandemic, they are being treated no differently than ever – with disrespect, abuse and endangerment. Farmworkers are risking their lives to grow and… Read more »

Snapshots of the U.S. Food & Farm System: Pandemic Edition

Understanding our food and how it gets to us is no simple task. This overview is a snapshot of the situation of workers and dynamics in our country’s food and farm system. The goal was to outline the current situation in the pandemic and possible solutions for each part of the food chain. It is… Read more »

Slaughterhouse: Meat processing workers risk Covid-19 infection

meat processing with bones and meat on big table *** May 7, 2020 UPDATE:  Meatpacking plants have become national hot spots for the novel coronavirus. Of the 25 largest clusters of COVID-19 cases in the United States, six are tied to meat processing plants (the rest are prisons and nursing homes). At least 48 workers have died from the virus, and another 11,000 have… Read more »