Distinct practices of eating are at the heart of many of the world's faith traditions-from the Christian Eucharist to Muslim customs of fasting during Ramadan to the vegetarianism and asceticism practiced by some followers of Hinduism and Buddhism. What we eat, how we eat, and whom we eat with can express our core values and religious devotion more clearly than verbal piety.
In this wide-ranging collection, eminent scholars, theologians, activists, and lay farmers illuminate how religious beliefs influence and are influenced by the values and practices of sustainable agriculture. Together, they analyze a multitude of agricultural practices for their contributions to healthy, ethical living and environmental justice. Throughout, the contributors address current critical issues, including global trade agreements, indigenous rights to land and seed, and the effects of postcolonialism on farming and industry. Covering indigenous, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish perspectives, this groundbreaking volume makes a significant contribution to the study of ethics and agriculture.
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Todd LeVasseur is visiting assistant professor in the religious studies department and director of environmental studies at the College of Charleston, USA.
Pramod Parajuli currently serves a associate faculty for the PhD program in sustainability education at Prescott College, and has published on the themes of political ecology, religion and ecology, sustainability education, and learning gardens.
Norman Wirzba is professor of theology, ecology, and rural life at Duke Divinity School and research professor in the Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke, USA. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Essential Agrarian Reader: The Future of Culture, Community, and the Land and Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating.
Introduction Our Flesh Was Made from Corn Soils, Spirits, and the Cosmocentric Economy: Recreating Amazonian Dark Earth in Peru Renewal of Non Western Methods for Sustainable Living Nature Spirituality, Sustainable Agriculture, and the Nature/Culture Paradox: Permaculture Scene in Lower Puna, Big Island of Hawaii Hindu Traditions and Peasant Farming in the Himalayan Foothills of Nepal Dharma for the Earth, Water, and Agriculture: Perspectives from the Swadhyaya Gandhi's Agrarian Legacy: Practicing Food, Justice, and Sustainability in India Thailand's Moral Rice Revolution: Cultivating A Collective Ecological Consciousness The Seven Species and Their Relevance to Sustainable Agriculture in Israel Today Tending The Garden of Eden: Sacred Jewish Agricultural Traditions Religion, Local Community, and Sustainable Agriculture Heideggerian Reflections On Three Mennonite Cookbooks and A Mennonite Farm In Northwest Ohio Steward or Priest? The Possibilities of a Christian Chicken Farmer Religion and Agriculture: How Islam Forms the Moral Core of SEKEM's Holistic Development Approach in Egypt Tohono O'odham Himdag and Agri/Culture Conclusion
Religion and Sustainable Agriculture does an excellent job of pulling back the curtain on the variety, vibrancy, and commitment of the many individuals and groups who are grappling with how to make producing food an act of faith, and not merely an economic or an agricultural activity." - Susie Weldon, coauthor of Faith in Food: Changing the World One Meal at a Time
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