Congress has begun debating a massive farm bill that affects struggling families as well as those who make their living from agriculture: Food stamps and other federal nutrition programs account for about 80 percent of the $100 billion in annual spending under the legislation. ReligionLink explores the role faith groups are playing in shaping the debate.
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Thanksgiving is a time when most Americans celebrate their bounty — and anti-poverty groups remind them how many others still go hungry. But this year the urgency is even greater, and the problems go well beyond a seasonal appeal. Indeed, the land of plenty has plenty of people experiencing hunger, as new reports show.
The crocuses are up, the days are growing longer, and Earth Day is almost here. Must be spring. And in back yards and window boxes – and outside houses of worship across the country – members are turning the soil and planting gardens. But it’s not just the lush beauty of flowers, plants and trees [...]
As concern for the environment has grown in faith communities, a greater emphasis has fallen on how people care for and treat animals. The verse in Genesis – a text sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam – that gives mankind “dominion” over the animals is no longer universally interpreted as awarding carte blanche over domestic, [...]
World hunger has reached crisis proportions because of a confluence of agricultural and economic factors. The situation is so bad – with shortages, rocketing prices and political unrest – that Josette Sheeran, executive director of the United Nations World Food Program, has called it “a silent tsunami.” As governments and organizations scramble to respond, the [...]
UPDATED OCT. 29, 2007 – Religious groups bolted into the debate over U.S. farm policy this year, linking it with poverty, nutrition and environmentalism. They are pushing for reforms as Congress hammers out a hotly debated farm bill, as it does every five years or so. The House passed a farm bill in July, and [...]