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Arts & CultureBooks
Doug Girardot
Half memoir of farm life, half manifesto against modern agricultural practices, James Rebanks's 'Pastoral Song: A Farmer’s Journey' urges us to return to our agrarian roots.
Factory-produced fake meat is not necessarily the solution to factory farming. (iStock/Grandbrothers)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Robert Cruz
If it depends on supporting the fake meat industry, vegetarianism is not a superior ethical or moral stance. But there is an alternative in the “ideal kind of farm” described by Pope John XXIII.
A Mexican migrant worker picking blueberries at a farm in Lake Wales, Fla. (CNS photo/Marco Bello, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Joaquin Castro
Congressman Joaquin Castro writes that Arturo S. Rodriguez, former president of the United Farm Workers, would be a champion of social justice as U.S. secretary of agriculture.
Arts & CultureBooks
Isabelle Senechal
From bleeding sunsets in Texas to golden wheatfields in Oklahoma to the rolling plains of western Nebraska, Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s new book documents every stop in the wheat harvesters’ odyssey with striking lyricism and intricate detail.
In the Ohio and Upper Mississippi river basins, 10 million metric tons of commercial fertilizer is applied each year, and much of it ends up in our waterways. (iStock/filmfoto)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Nathan Beacom
In “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis called drinkable water a human right. But as Nathan Beacom writes, our methods of farming and raising livestock are degrading our soil and polluting our waterways.
Indian farmworkers collect vegetables that the company hopes to sell in the market in Sant'Angelo Romano, Italy, in this April 22, 2020, photo. (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyNews
Junno Arocho Esteves - Catholic News Service
Mindful of how migrant farmworkers are often exploited, the Italian government has granted temporary residency to those agricultural workers who do not have proper documentation.