Revitalized Production Ethic for Agriculture, by Paul B. Thompson.
Proclaiming the [agricultural] "production ethic of bygone days" simply broken,
the author finds the basis for identifying the weaknesses of the traditional farming
world view in the world of emerging environmental ethics. He concludes that using
productive efficiency as the sole norm for evaluating a food system is simply
wrong. Thompson goes on to call for "reconstruction of the work ethic" based on
a rethinking of character and integrity in the context of the human need to "make
productive use of our environment" in order to live.
Charter for a Shared Farming Ethic.
Twenty representatives of agricultural, environmental and animal protection organizations
worked for 16 months to produce a draft vision statement for a shared farming
ethic. Discussed by participants in the "Soul of Agriculture" conference, it was
later revised by Stanley Dundon. This is a short version of a longer statement,
which is available from CRLE.
A Response to the Vision Statement
for a New Farming Ethic, by Leland Glenna. Community Sponsored Agriculture
(CSA) is an emerging alternative to existing institutions "that treat human beings
and natural resources as commodities." This article briefly highlights CSAs and
calls for building concrete institutions on the new values and ethics.
of Agriculture Project: Progress and Next Steps, by Roger Blobaum. A report
on the "Soul of Agriculture" conference, current follow up activities and plans
for the future of the continuing project. This is also an invitation and a road
map for those who wish to be involved in this exciting new movement.
Ethic from the Perspective of the Christian Faith, by Most Rev. Raymond
L. Burke. Tracing biblical perspectives and Roman Catholic teaching, this article
develops four possible elements for a Christian agricultural ethic: "care of the
land, ecological soundness, economic viability, social justice." The author proclaims
that Christians must consider the effect of technology use on our "brothers and
sisters and on the creation" which they are called to till and to keep.
Perspective, by Derrick Jensen. The author finds the cause for the failure
revolutionary movements generally to realize the ideals that energized their movement
in the very structure of our society and culture. He then raises a word of caution
regarding the emerging agricultural revolution: "the needs mass production--a
funneling of resources toward producers--is in opposition to the needs of the
Organic Agriculture Endangered, by Frederick
Kirschenmann. After a storm of protest, the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
backed off from its proposed rule to implement the organic Food Production Act
of 1990. More than 270,000 letters of commentary were received- the vast majority
of them highly critical of the proposed rule. This article, reprinted from Rachel's
Environment and Health Weekly, describes a critical policy struggle to implement
an ecological ethic in agriculture.
Quality Agriculture, by
Robert F. Welborn. "Quality agriculture" produces food that is healthful, sustains
family farming and ranching, supports communities, and "produces food and fiber
in a manner that preserves the vitality of the land." Welborn reviews the deeper
meanings of agriculture, reviews current attempts to reshape our food systems,
and points the reader toward the goal of preserving and enhancing the life and
beauty of our planet.
Rebuilding Our Food System: The Ethical and
Spiritual Challenge, by Peter Mann and Kathy Lawrence. The authors identify
an ethical and spiritual crisis at the core of the present and growing crisis
in our food systems. Readers are guided through the systems--food, meal, local
and global community, seed, soil, and land-- on an exciting and challenging journey
to sustainability that may be able to "recover the sacred meaning of seeds, restore
biodiversity, and revolutionize the way we think about food."