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FAITH, FOOD & the ENVIRONMENT is a project devoted to the vocation of farming and for those who show leadership in producing sustainable food, fiber, feed and renewable fuels. We also express our gratitude to the farmers, ranchers and food producers who consider their work as more than a business: yours is a blessed way of life that provides for the well-being of others while caring for the land that you and your family live on.

However, in today’s global food system, many farmers and producers are beset by corporate interests which act first to meet their profit needs, even when social and environmental concerns cry out for a new system of agriculture. Hunger still persists in a world of plenty, and those struggling in rural poverty require our special attention. On environmental concerns, we must develop better ways of managing natural resources so that food production will be sustained for generations to come. We believe family farmers and smallholder food producers are essential to meeting both these challenges.

Thus, the project ORGANIZERS of Faith, Food & the Environment seek to deepen the dialogue with agricultural leaders who are grappling with world food issues and environmental tipping-points. We hope our faith-based approach provides a moral and meaningful perspective that will inspire and guide a new generation of agricultural producers and leaders.

The REFLECTIONS section attempts to express the ideas and actions shaped by our ongoing discussions. This dialogue will continue as we strive to articulate an inspiring message in the communion of faith, food, farms and the environment.