Kelly Moltzen, a board member of the Franciscan Action Network, recently wrote a guest author in the The Christian Food Movement blog, on how faithc communities can build a food system based on Catholic principles. She suggests such a plan would follow five guidelines offered by the Good Food Purchasing Policy of the Center for Good Food Purchasing:
- local economies,
- environmental sustainability,
- valued workforce,
- animal welfare
Picture this: going to church and picking up a farm share with food grown on an organic and biodynamic farm owned by a religious congregation, and having surplus food that is grown be donated to the church’s food pantry or soup kitchen, thanks to the support of other parishioners who can help to subsidize the additional food," said Moltzen, who serves as Nutrition Coordinator for Bronx Health REACH and as a leader for the Food Justice Working Group at NY Faith & Justice.
" A Catholic food system would care for the hungriest among us, both on the other side of the world as well as the other side of the street, making sure everyone not only has access to food but gets fresh, quality, nutritious food, that doesn’t degrade environmental sustainability but promotes ecological well-being instead," added Moltzen.
The author makes a compelling case for Congress to transform food-related legislation when the 2018 Farm Bill comes up for debate."To make more sustainably, ethically grown produce available at an affordable price for all, we would need a Farm Bill that is committed to biodiversity and incentivizes produce rather than subsidizes corn and soy as staple crops," said Moltzen. "More affordable fruits and vegetables would also support equity for communities of color that are disproportionately affected by health disparities."
Read the full post, entitled "Building a Catholic Food System."