The Ethics of Food, Farming and Community
from a Vincentian perspective
Why is this a moral issue?
What are the issues?
There is a long chain of events between the field and the fork, and we must consider where our food comes from and how it interconnects with social and environmental issues. How is our food produced? How are the workers treated? Are the animals viewed as God’s creatures? Is the soil, water, and air cared for with a sense of reverence? Is the work of the farmer valued by our society and economy? When we think about food in this way, we see that eating is a moral act.
The many food issues include:
What is the Vincentian Family doing to help?
What can we do to take action?
Sisters of Providence of SVdP
Daughters of Charity
St. Vincent de Paul Society
What do our founders have to say?
What does our Church have to say?
St. Vincent de Paul grew up in a family of peasant farmers, and attacked many problems from a viewpoint of farm wisdom:
St. Louise sent the Daughters of Charity into farm fields to teach the children who were needed to work on the farm.
Catholic Statements on Environmental Justice
Let us together, all of us, save humanity! It is up to the leaders of societies to safeguard the human race, ensuring that science is at the service of the human person, that people are never objects to be manipulated or to be bought and sold, that laws are never determined by commercial interests or by the selfish claims of minority groups. Every age of human history has seen humanity tempted to inhabit a self-enclosed world in an attitude of self-sufficiency, domination, power and pride. But in our own time this danger has become still greater in man’s heart, as people believe that through the efforts of science they can become the masters of nature and of history…If people upset the balance of creation, forgetting that they are responsible for their brothers and sisters, and do not care for the environment which the Creator has placed in their hands, then a world determined by our designs alone could well become un-liveable.
The Great Work, now as we move into a new millennium, is to carry out the transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to a period when humans would be present to the planet in a mutually beneficial manner…The human venture depends absolutely on this quality of awe and reverence and joy in the Earth and all that lives and grows upon the Earth. As soon as we isolate ourselves from these currents of life and from the profound mood that these engender within us, then our basic life-satisfactions are diminished. None of our machine-made products, none of our computer-based achievements can evoke that total commitment to life.
Photos from Sisters Hill Farm