Catholic Rural Life
Farming in the U.S.: Many family farmers in the United States are facing the worst combination of events since the "farm crisis" of the mid-1980s.
International Catholic Rural Association: While today's family farmers worldwide are tested as never before, the church believes they can contribute to a more just ordering of life, said a new document issued Dec. 7. "The circumstances facing the family in farming are especially distressing. In many respects, we have sought an abundant harvest in exchange for a more diminished culture of life," said the document, "The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader," released by the International Catholic Rural Association.
"Food is a pro-life issue because food is about keeping people alive," says Ohio-based Sr. Christine Pratt, longtime leader in the Catholic Rural Life movement.
"The denial of climate change is no longer a quest of scientific truth but it is an effort to protect private interests against those of the common good."