Education and Action - Catholic Rural Life

Education and Action

One of our goals is to educate food and agricultural leaders and consumers about the connections between faith-based ethics and the food system, equipping them to be moral agents in the complex and competitive world of modern agriculture. We also advocate on behalf of ethical agricultural practices and the interests of family and proprietary farming, using our unique voice to reach and influence decision-makers in the Catholic Church and the public policy sector.

– Faith-Based Study Guide on Climate Change: Are you interested in learning more about yourself and your faith as well as what you can do to make amends with the earth? Our faith-based study guide on climate change is a document that can walk you through global climate change using a step by step reflective methodology called Shared Christian Praxis.

– Fast Facts for a Just Food System: We have created a number of one-page sheets can be used as bulletin inserts or handouts at church events. You can also include these in letters sent to elected officials, letting them know you stand by these principles of economic justice and food security. Topics include a wide range of issues from the Church’s role in Agriculture to Food and Economic Justice for the Poor and Vulnerable.

– Food and Justice: American farmers provide significant amounts of agricultural commodities for our domestic consumption as well as export markets. The United States, both our government and through private charities, are widely known for our generosity in supplying food aid to poor or stricken countries overseas. But hunger in the United States and around the world persists. Many people – including too many children – go hungry everyday. So how is it that great quantities of food are produced, and yet one-sixth of the world’s population goes hungry?

We also recommend checking out the publications and resources of the following campaigns and organizations:

Bread for the World
Society of St. Andrew
Food First!
ELCA World Hunger Program
America’s Second Harvest
Heifer Project International
Why Hunger
Foods Resource Bank

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