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Care of Our Common Home: Food Security


Br. Kevin Cawley on behalf of the Thomas Berry Forum was recently invited to address a group of faith-based NGO United Nations representatives. The group had gathered at Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie NY. Much of the day was given over to reflection around advocacy on behalf of those made poor.

Kevin presented ideas on Food Security and the Human-Earth relationship through the lens of the Christian Gospel and the insights of Fr. Thomas Berry. Included were recent learnings on care of Earth and the challenges facing agriculture as currently practiced in the developed world. The food security issues raised were linked to current knowledge of the impact of climate change and the pressures on arable land gradually disappearing around the globe due to degradation of soils, land grabbing, deforestation, nitrogen-phosphorus cycles, extractive industries and the disruptions in weather impacting growing seasons due to climate change. The encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ on Care of Our Common Home provided a powerful template for discussion.