Posts Categorized: Biodiversity

Disaster Capitalism & Food Imperialism in Puerto Rico

Scaling Up Agroecology in Puerto Rico By Andrew Kang Bartlett The Presbyterian Hunger Program is eager to support the expansion of agriculture that cools the planet, cares for God’s creation, and prioritizes the needs of producers and eaters. Agroecology is that approach and we are excited about the work of Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica… Read more »

Down-to-earth spiritual farming on the rise!

CA farm couple Judging by the 900 people at last year’s Biodynamics Conference in Portland and the 700+ assembled in upstate New York this year, biodynamic farming is swelling! Given the high yields of healthy produce, grains and protein and resilience to climate change, the timing of this popularity couldn’t be better. Our minds and hearts have opened,… Read more »

Faith and your dinner plate

globe and web with climate justice or climate chaos printed on it Food choices help mitigate climate change Originally published in the Presbyterians Today March/April 2019 edition Choosing a protein for a meal is no easy task. Can you afford it? Is it good for you? If you have kids, will they eat it? Then there are the less common and more challenging questions: Was the earth… Read more »

Grateful for you

By Rebecca Barnes, Coordinator of the Presbyterian Hunger Program To those living in famine in Africa and the Middle East, your gift to One Great Hour of Sharing makes a difference. To widows learning how to fight for land titles to stay on their deceased husband’s land so they may continue to care for their… Read more »

Genetically engineered salmon import alert deactivated

Last May, we sounded the alarm about what would be the first genetically engineered animal in the U.S. market – a hybrid salmon engineered from three different species. Now, it looks like production of these enormous fish in a facility in Indiana will move forward. Today, in a statement from the Food and Drug Administration… Read more »

Revival of natural farming in Puerto Rico

This is the second part of a two-part series on Puerto Rico, Climate Change and Food. Part one can be found here. “Back to the Land” and Agroecology Jesús Vázquez Negron and I visited Ian Pagán Roig at Finca (farm) Josco Bravo in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, which is one of the three sites at… Read more »

Much hope for a Green Future!

HENdrix quote Hope in our vision On this cold, rainy day in Poland, hope could be a rare commodity. But the beautiful efforts and creativity of others produces a kind of Commons that can help us find meaningful perspectives and actions that transcend material limitations (i.e. into the spiritual dimension). So – and I say this to… Read more »

“The times they are a changin” Climate Post

globe and web with climate justice or climate chaos printed on it This one is personal. While making a Szybkie Danie Quick Meal ‘Taste of Thailand’ here at my airbnb (think fancy curry ramen, except with rice), Bob Dylan started whining about “times a changin” from my father’s memorial playlist. I’d made the playlist for a family celebration of his life last December. You see, my father passed in… Read more »

Climate Change and You

You are the reason I am going to Poland in the frigid month of December. I’ll be representing the PC(USA) at this global climate conference called COP24 (I’ll explain the name below) from December 3-10. Why you? Because you, and many other yous, will help make this a hospitable planet for our children and grandchildren…. Read more »

Rural abundance core to justice, climate and food

Winners of Food Sovereignty Prize Heartland of the country This phrase conjures up images of farmers in red flannel shirts, combines, rich soil, and giant bundles of wheat. While this can still be found, the reality is often less Norman Rockwell. Decrepit barns, empty silos, abandoned mills and boarded-up Main Streets are common. Presbyterian Today’s Donna Jackson writes about how… Read more »