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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 »

Rural abundance core to justice, climate and food

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 »

Life Without a Farm Bill: An Update

women at farmers market taking voucher The last Farm Bill, which is reauthorized every five years, expired on September 30, 2018. With prospects for a short-term extension of the 2014 Farm Bill gone and Congress unlikely to return to Washington, D.C. before the November elections, the focus of advocates must now shift to trying to help pass a good, bipartisan 2018 Farm… Read more »

Food Week of Action: Claiming Rights

Faithful Actions in the struggle for human rights of immigrants Consider taking one action in the month leading up to the Oct. 14-21 Food Week of Action and during that week.  Give money and/or time to immigrant-led and immigrant advocacy groups that have been grantee partners of the Presbyterian Hunger Program:  CATA,  Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Food Chain Workers… Read more »

What Happened to the Farm Bill?

Where are things at? The Farm Bill expires at the end of this month. Yes. September 30. The House passed their version with deep and damaging cuts proposed to hunger, health, and conservation-related policies within this vast set of policies known as the Farm Bill. The Senate passed a version that was better on many… Read more »

Land and Faith

Learn about this new multi-faith initiative your hunger program is involved with – Faithlands! PHP, Creation Justice Ministries, Agrarian Trust, Greenhorns, Plainsong Farm, F.A.R.M.S., Land for Good, The Conservation Fund and others provide leadership to this emerging national network. FaithLands exists to connect, inspire and support faith communities to use their land in new ways… Read more »

Why did your organic milk get a ‘0 cow’ rating?

One would hope that organic milk would be healthy as well as being good for land and cows. Alas. This scorecard crushes that hope. Based on a just-completed comprehensive study –Full Report | Executive Summary, the Cornucopia Institute has released a handy five-cow ranking chart where you can find 160 organic milk brands. I was eager to see… Read more »

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 »