Author Archives: Bob Gronski

Update on process to complete our reflection document

The Faith, Food & Environment project is continuing to work with our international partners to produce a reflection that we are calling “The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader”. There remains a great deal of anticipation for this ethical reflection on how food is produced in our modern industrial agricultural system — and what we believe […]

Our presence at World Farmers Organization gathering

This week, the World Farmers Organization is holding their 2016 General Assembly in Livingstone, Zambia. This year’s theme is “Partnership for Growth” and is bringing together representatives ranging from international organizations to local NGOs from various parts of the world. Click here for the WFO program. Jim Ennis, executive director of Catholic Rural Life, is presenting […]

Global Agreements, Climate Change, and Agriculture

Last week at the UN General Assembly in New York, faith leaders delivered an Interfaith Climate Change Statement to UN delegates and official representatives prior to a crucial signing ceremony. The interfaith statement, signed by over 270 religious leaders, urged governments from around the world to ratify and implement the Paris Agreement, made last December, […]

“I thank you, small farmer.”

In his April prayer intentions, Pope Francis expresses his appreciation and concern for small farmers: “I thank you, small farmer. What you do is essential for the life of all. As a person, as a child of God, you deserve a decent life. But I wonder: how is your work compensated?” In a short video […]

Global Forum for the Future of Agriculture calls for action & collaboration

This past week, the annual Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) met in Brussels and, like most such forums, issued statements calling for greater action and collaboration among participating nations and institutions. This particular Forum, now in its 9th year of annual gatherings, has called on “the agri-food industry, governments and NGOs to innovate […]

Farm and food issues during an election year

While the Faith, Food & the Environment project awaits the promised reflection on the Vocation of the Agricultural Leader (see previous post), I will use this Updates page to pass along other items of interest. One of these is a Feb. 17 article by Tom Philpott, food & ag correspondent for Mother Jones, who would like […]

Gearing up in the new year

Our faithful followers of this website on Faith, Food and the Environment no doubt know that we promised the release of “The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader” by this time. As noted in a previous posting, we created a section on this website titled Reflections which provides some of the text and content of the […]

New “Reflections” section; new report on agroecology

We’ve added a new section called “Reflections” as we work to complete our forthcoming publication, “The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader.” A final draft of this 24-page booklet is currently under review. Look for this publication to be released early in the new year. For the time being, a summary of these reflections can be found […]

Vatican calls for urgent action on climate change and hunger

Last week in Rome, several high-ranking Vatican officials joined a dialogue with UN-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) officials and looked ahead to the upcoming Paris COP21 conference on climate change (Nov. 30 to Dec. 11). In a word, they were calling on the global community to put food security and agriculture at the center of […]

National Farmers Union welcomes Pope Francis to DC

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24: National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson joined with many others in Washington, DC, to welcome Pope Francis to the nation’s capital for the first-ever papal address of a joint session of Congress and specifically for the worldwide attention he has made for climate change. Johnson noted that the NFU board of […]