January 19, 2012
Jesse Epp-Fransen writes about the the Hunger Report put out by Bread for the World and the need to refocus farm policy on producing healthy food and supporting small- and medium scale farmers in the latest Mennonite Weekly Review.
The 2008 farm bill is expiring and will need to be reauthorized this year. This is a chance to put the focus of farm policy back where it belongs, on supporting farmers to produce the food we all need for healthy bodies and healthy lives… A farm bill is an opportunity to build justice, health and economic stability. This could be a chance to work for the healing of the nations.
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The full 2012 Hunger Report is available at Bread for the World.
September 10, 2010
Jeannette Kemndati, a member of the Helping Garden Co-op, sells vegetables in the local market in Gore, Chad. Photo by Cheryl Zook/MCC
The MCC Washington Office just published a new resource for congregations to reflect and advocate for trade justice. According to the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, “Trade justice is people-centered, respects human rights, and guarantees food security, livelihoods and sustainable development for the whole of society. It recognizes the right of all people to have a say regarding their own future, and all governments to determine their own economic and trade policies.”
Jesus’ command to love God and our neighbor can be lived out by changing international trade policies. Justice in a Land of Plenty provides analysis, case studies, faith reflections and an advocacy guide. This resource can help congregations that participate in the MCC U.S. Coffee Project and others to take an important step toward holistic trade justice.
Click here to download the publication.