Activities and Consensus Formation Sessions
Soon after the initial formation meetings which
led to the establishment of the Soul of Agriculture Project
in Washington, D.C. and in Minneapolis in 1997, and even before
that meeting's dozens of papers on the values of family managed
farming were redacted into the draft, Creating a New Vision
of Farming, members of Soul began using its materials to
conduct consensus formation activities and for pedagogical purposes
as well. The following is a partial list of those activities.
1. Minnesota Project Initiative, "Do
We Share Common Values", 2/3/98, 100 attendees, many farmers.
Organizer, Loni Kemp.
2. South Central Minnesota Sustainable Agriculture
Group, Mid-February, 1998, "Creating a New Vision of
Farming." Organizer, Sr. Mary Tacheny (Center for Earth
Spirituality and Rural Ministry).
3. University of California, Small Farms Program
Symposium, Sacramento 5/12/98 "Agricultural Ethics"
(Presenter, Stan Dundon, distributed the Soul draft Creating
a New Vision of Farming). Organizer, Desmond Jolly, U.C.
Small Farms Director.
4. Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society
annual conference, San Francisco, Panel "Creating a
New Vision of Farming" (Chair, Stan Dundon) 6/5/98.
5. California Food and Fiber Futures Capstone
Conference, Kellogg Foundation Project, Sacramento, 6/7/98,
Soul of Agriculture Project Announced and Creating a New
Vision of Farming distributed.
6. Lutheran-Catholic Rural Life Conference
(St. John's Univ. Collegeville MN) "Creating a New
Vision of Farming" (conference based on the document) June
11-12, 1998, Srs. Mary Tacheny and Kathleen Storms, Discussion
leaders. 70 attendees, many farmers.
7. Multiple meetings by Roger Blobaum (then
coordinator of Soul of Agriculture) at agricultural conferences
from Massachusetts to Texas Jan. to April, 1998.
8. Agricultural Education Foundation, Sacramento,
Annual "New Class Induction" Soul of Agriculture Project
announced and Creating a New Vision of Farming distributed
to deans and faculty of several land-grant and non-land-grant
9. Community Alliance with Family Farmers (Yolano
Chapter) Meeting, by Stan Dundon, 11/12/98. Presentation of
Soul of Agriculture Project.
10. National Catholic Rural Life Conference,
75th Anniversary Celebration, Des Moines Iowa, 11/17/98. Presentation
of Soul of Agriculture Project by Stan Dundon.
11. Committee for Sustainable Agriculture,
Annual Eco-Farm Conference, Asilomar CA. Jan 14-16. Presentation
of Soul of Agriculture Project by Stan Dundon.
12. Northern Plains States Meeting of Lutheran
Ministries, "Bread for the World " Regional Organizer,
Tami Walhof distributed Soul of Agriculture Literature February,
13. Future of Rural America Conference,
Dubuque, Iowa. Iowa local Soul of Agriculture coordinator, Dr.
Barbara Dilly, set up a table and distributed our literature,
14. First European Conference on Agricultural
Ethics, Wageningen, Holland. Stan Dundon gave a paper on
the goals and progress of the Soul of Agriculture. March 6th,
15. Continuing California Small Farm Conference,
University of California Davis, March 29-31, 1999. Stan Dundon
gave a brief talk and led a discussion on the need of the Soul
of Agriculture Project and its plans in California.
16. Panel on Agriculture and Environment,
Annual Meeting of Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society,
Toronto. Stan Dundon introduced the Soul of Agriculture project
and distributed our literature. June 6th, 1999 (Moderation of
this panel was turned over to a graduate student).
17. Annual Meeting of National Agricultural
Biotechnology Council (NABC), Jan and Cornelia Flora (Soul
Board member and one of the featured presenters at NABC) distributed
Soul literature and explained its purpose to attendees. Lincoln
NB, June 6-8.
18. Planning Meeting for the 1999 California
Farm Conference, Stan Dundon explained Soul of Agriculture
and obtained a place on the program for a panel for a consensus
formation activity to be carried out by farmers. Berkeley, June
9th. The panel was approved by the highest majority vote of
any panel. (Conference was in Berkeley CA, Nov. 7-9, 1999.)
19. Farm Crisis Meeting, Special
Invitation Only meeting of Agricultural leaders, Moscow Idaho.
John Gerber (U-Mass extension director) distributed literature
and explained Soul to about 75 farmers and agricultural leaders.
Sept. 11-12, 1999.
20. From Farm to Fork, Reclaiming Our Food
System from Corporate Giants, Bloomington Minnesota, Sponsored
by The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, the Izaak
Walton League and the MN Farmers Union. Sr. Mary Tacheny SSND
presented literature and explained Soul to attendees, Sept.
21. Second Annual National Small Farm Conference,
Soul of Agriculture had a booth and a text/photograph exhibit
explaining Soul of Agriculture and inviting participation. Saint
Louis MO, October 12-14, 1999.
22. Fifth National Convention of the Community
Food Security Coalition, Soul had a display and literature
as well as a consensus formation workshop organized by Stan
Dundon and chaired by Gary Valen. Leading the consensus formation
activity were Sandra LaBlanc, director of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America's (ELCA) Rural Affairs Office and Arlene Olson,
a North Dakota farmer and activist. Chicago, October 15-18,
23. Celebrating The Lives Of Rural Women Sharing
And Coping In The Midst Of A Farm Crisis, St. Andrew's
Lutheran Church, Ames, Iowa. Barbara Dilly, Iowa State Soul
Coordinator introduced Soul to the attendees. October 16, 1999.
24. Workshop on the Soul Theme "A Farm/Town
Consensus on the Basic Values of Family Farming", The
California Farm Conference, Nov. 7-9, 1999, Berkeley. Stan Dundon
organized the panel which will be given by two local farmers
and Peter Rosset, Director of Food First, Institute on Food
and Development Policy. (Rosset recently authored a study dispelling
the myth that family farms are economically inferior to industrial
25. Sacramento Community Television, Channel
73. Presentation by Stan Dundon: "Genetically Modified
Organisms in our Food, How Extensive is the Testing", Jan
26. Biotechnology Communications Workshop (for
Industry and Academics), University of California, Davis, March
6, 2000. Soul of Agriculture Coordinator (Dundon) authored one
paper published in the workshop program book: "In Bed Together
or Farm Industries Must Share the Values and Ethics of Farmers"
based on Soul's Creating a New Vision of Farming and
presented a second showing the threat to public confidence in
farm products due to poor ethics of communication in the ag-biotech
industry: "The Ethics of Agricultural Biotechnology Communication."
27. Sacramento Catholic Radio Presentation
by Soul coordinator. "World Hunger, Biotech and Agricultural
Development", March 13, 2000.
28. Future of Farming and World Trade,
Fred Kirschenmann, Soul Board member and Leopold Center
Director, displayed Soul materials and introduced Soul of Agriculture
to the conference attendees. Olympia WA, March 24, 2000.
29. Soil Food and People Conference. Dundon
Presented the Soul of Agriculture Project, UC Davis, March 27-29,
30. Nammour Symposium, Dundon laid out
the reasoning allowing use of animals as food while demanding
compassionate care for them in "Ethics of Animal Use."
(To this point the Soul of Agriculture, as is evident in Creating
a New Vision of Farming, has a growing consensus on the
seriousness of the obligation to treat animals compassionately
while still using them for human benefit.) California State
University, Sacramento, April 4, 2000. (Paper is available from
Dundon at [email protected])
31. California State Senate Presentation before
various media reporters: "Ethical and Technical Motives
for Labeling Genetically Modified (GM) Foods", April 24th,
2000. (A portion of this was later broadcast on National Public
Radio July 1st, 2000.)
32. California State Senate Committee on Agriculture
and Water, Testimony on the same issues of labeling GM foods.
April 26th, 2000.
33. Quantum Agriculture Project, Presentation
by Dundon, "Institutional and Paradigm based Obstacles
to Innovation in Agricultural Research and Practice." Santa
Rosa, CA, May 6, 2000.
34. California State Senate Committees on Natural
Resources and Higher Education. Testimony before
the joint meeting by Soul coordinator of "The 'Kept University'
and the Risks of Genetically Modified Organisms", May 15,
2000. (A formal paper resulted, Inquiry in Action, #26
& 27,Spring/Summer 2000. This is the journal of the Consortium
for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Viewable
under publications on biotechnology. It is entitled "Institutional
and Environmental Risks in Agricultural Biotechnology.")
35. American Chemical Society Annual Convention,
Continuation of the topic from the Senate Hearings: "The
Doctrine of Substantial Equivalence and the Risk to Land-Grant
Credibility in Inadequate Testing of GM Foods", San Diego,
April 2nd, 2001.
36. Soul of Agriculture Consensus Formation,
Stanislaus State University, Turlock. Sponsored by the Ecological
Farming Association, and presented by Central Valley family
farmers, Glen Anderson, Victor Hansen and Thomas Willey. June
37. Society for Nutrition Education, Annual
Convention "Biotechnology and Feeding the World, Linking
Science with Ethics", panel, Dundon with Drs. Claude Fauquet
and Ignatio Chapella, Oakland, CA. July 21st, 2001.
38. Conflict Resolution in World Trade Seminar
for International Lawyers, "Ethical Justification for Labeling
Genetically Modified Food and Feed", presentation by Dundon
with a panel for the UC Davis (Extension), King Hall, Aug. 16th,