Posts Categorized: Agriculture

Pigs and the First Amendment

Environmental issues, and in particular environmental justice, were prominent topics at our General Assembly last month. The update below on the smelly issue of hog waste in North Carolina is brought to you by Politico, which has a great daily e-newsletter called Morning Agriculture. If you wish to subscribe, you enter your email here.  Also… Read more »

What’s going on with the Farm Bill?

farm bill graphic In case you missed the Zoom webinar, you can view the 34-minute video here: Presenters: Juli Obudzinski, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (sign up for NSAC updates); Lorette Picciano, Rural Coalition; Rodrigo Rodriguez, Southwest Organizing Project; Nora Leccese, PC(USA) Office of Public Witness Farm Bill Update: What’s Up The US government has until September 30, 2018… Read more »

Salmon: God’s design or genetically engineered?

Find background info and resources below, and call or write to your senators today! Call to Action:  Call or write to your senators and ask them to support and cosponsor the Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act (S.1528), which requires the labeling of GE salmon and independent reviews of the potential impact of GE salmon on human… Read more »

From Dream to Reality: #FaithLands Gathering

Over the next 5 years, one million acres of U.S. farmland will pass hands! The United States is about to experience the largest generational transfer of farmland in its history. Future food security and the health of the land depends on who gets their hands on it. Recognizing the importance of this critical moment, the… Read more »

Why care about the Farm Bill?

One bill provides crop insurance to protect farmers hit by pests, drought, or flood. One bill supports communities as they develop their local and regional food systems. One bill provides research, credit, and support programs for farmers and ranchers. One bill enacts either strong or weak creation care policies. Agriculture is one of the foremost… Read more »

Why It Matters: Farm Bill 101

Should we rename the Farm Bill? This hard-working bill covers everything—from crop insurance to community food projects, from Meals on Wheels and SNAP (food stamps) to energy, conservation, and international food aid. Calling it the Food Bill would at least pique the curiosity of those that eat! No matter what it is called, though, as… Read more »

The Intersectional R,EVOL,ution

Revolution with LOVE in the middle Comments from Andrew Kang Bartlett, Presbyterian Hunger Program, at the Spirit of the Harvest Festival on October 20, 2016 in Sebastopol, CA, sponsored by the Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative “It’s an honor to be with you. And it’s great to be here in California where I lived for 13 years before moving to Louisville KY… Read more »

The Ten Commandments of Food

Just in time for the global Food Week of Action! The Food Week of Action begins this Sunday, October 9 and includes World Food Day on October 16. Our team has developed these 10 Commandments and Manoj Jurian, coordinator of the Food for Life Campaign, has created this tool for congregations, with brief theological reflections… Read more »

When in Iceland, eat sheep

By Kathleen Murphy, former Boston Food Justice Young Adult Volunteer and PHP Food Justice Fellow, pictured here in Thingvellir Park, Iceland, where the continental divide goes through the island nation and the ancient parliament met. As an adventurous eater I was really excited to see what kind of trouble I could get myself into when… Read more »

Wendy’s Boycott and You

Please don’t buy from Wendy’s. Yes…you. And tell your friends about the boycott as well. The PC(USA) was the first Christian denomination to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in a national boycott of Wendy’s Restaurants. Many other faith groups have subsequently endorsed the boycott. CIW’s Gerardo Reyes Chavez says this is great news… Read more »