Food, Farming, and Faith
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Using scripture and science, a Christian agricultural scientist presents an ethic of farming that promotes good food and a healthy environment.
Food, Farming, and Faith looks at agricultural sustainability and Christianity. Using scripture and science, Gary W. Fick—a Christian agricultural scientist—demonstrates that faith can inform decisions about creating, managing, even consuming our food. The book highlights such topics as food and celebration, environmental care, ecology and faith, soil and water stewardship, animal welfare, and the impact of poverty on women and our food supply. Throughout, Fick presents and discusses biblical passages that comment on these areas and provides insight from personal experiences growing up in a ranching family, in teaching sustainable agriculture, and as a scientist. Ultimately, Fick challenges the reader to think about eating more thoughtfully so that we have good food, a healthy environment, and a comfortable lifestyle all at the same time.
Gary W. Fick is Professor of Agronomy at Cornell University.
"Fick succeeds in writing a thought-provoking book that is a worthwhile read for everyone interested in sustainable agriculture and its relationship to the Bible. He reminds us of our connection to the past. His clear, warmly personal style that is free of scientific jargon, invites even the skeptic to consider his valuable perspectives as we seek solutions toward a more sustainable future. " — Journal of Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
"…an insightful book … It is impossible to categorize this unique book, but it will be valuable to readers interested in the future of food production viewed from the perspective of biblical teachings … The extensive chapter notes and bibliography could make this volume useful for academic curricula or for the start of further research. " —CHOICE
"Fick's thoughtful book adds fresh perspectives to the growing number of books about the centrality of food in American culture. " — ForeWord Magazine
"In case you thought environmentalism and Christianity were at odds, here's a book that makes clear, in great and rewarding detail, just how closely allied they actually are. This will be a useful primer for the blossoming green religious movement. " — Bill McKibben, author of The Comforting Whirlwind: God, Job, and the Scale of Creation
"This book represents a good juxtaposition of the author's personal story and life experience with both agricultural principles and biblical analysis, making for both a pleasant and valuable reading experience. " — John E. Carroll, author of Sustainability and Spirituality