The Common Good
September/October 2005

In the Fields of the Lord

by Emily R. Hershberger | September/October 2005

Improving the social and environmental conditions of America'

Improving the social and environmental conditions of America’s food system is a religious calling, according to the Sacred Food Project, an interfaith effort mobilizing U.S. faith communities on food justice. Alliance for Jewish Renewal launched the project in May with a $200,000 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and has partnered with the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, the Chicago-based Faith in Place, and Food Alliance in Portland, Oregon.

The Sacred Food Project speaks to "all people of faith who believe that their ethic of respect for the limits of God’s creation applies to the food they eat," Clare Butterfield, director of Faith in Place, told Sojourners. On the ground this means advocating for just treatment of workers and animals, promoting sustainable and organic agriculture, and fostering relationships with small and mid-size farmers. "This can help us obtain the kinds of foods that we believe are ethically mandated," Butterfield continued, "and allow us to obtain them through relationships that are just to those who do the work of food production on our behalf."

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