SPOKE TO CHURCH GROUP ABOUT LOCAL AND GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY – SECOND WEEK IN MARCH 2012

 

Churches have a key role in getting people to grow food as a way to reduce risk of future famines when peal-oil hits commercial food production.

I enjoy receiving invitations to make a presentation (often with a PowerPoint) to any groups interested in kitchen gardening, eating well at a low cost, and global food security. One of these interesting invitations came from the Retired Clergy Association in the Church of Ireland. My topic was ‘The Role of the Church in Future Food Security’. The slides illustrated points about ways of helping farmers in sub-Saharan Africa from lessons learned during my official visit there as Minister for Food and Horticulture. There is also an example, closer to home, of churchgrounds being used for allotments tended by men from a local homeless hostel. Then there is the thorny issue of access to food, but also access to land on which to grow food – this latter point requires debate and a change to the UN Universal Charter of Human Rights (1948). Present day food supplies are so fossil fuel dependent that future food security debate is more important than the fiscal crisis. There are solutions, but will humanity wait until the food supply crisis blows up in our local neighbourhoods, before we get serious about the issue? What do you think?

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