Sunday, May 30, 2010

Seeding a better future for Haiti

In researching more articles for my fall CALL course on food, faith and sustainability,
I ran across this article on Civil Eats
raising five questions about Monsanto's seed donations to Haiti.

Clearly, now more than ever, energy and resources must go into rebuilding Haitian agriculture for sustainability in the long term. Emergency food aid now and food sovereignty for the long term need to be the goals - not another layer of dependency on imported inputs.

What puzzles me is that the Presbyterian church supports the development of a Haitian seed bank, while Catholic Relief and the American Jewish World Service are advocating aid that fosters local solutions. But where is the Episcopal Church? lame on sustainable agriculture issues again?

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