EPPN Lenten Series: Feeding our Nation and the World

February 20, 2007

The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world and those who dwell therein.

For he has founded it upon the seas, and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep. – Psalm 24


This year, Congress is expected to reauthorize the Farm Bill, a key piece of legislation that dates back to the 1930s and must be renewed every five years. You might be thinking that the Farm Bill is just about the well-being of American farmers, but in fact the legislation touches all Americans - especially those who are hungry – as well as hundreds of millions of people around the world.

During Lent, EPPN will be bringing you a series of weekly alerts that focus on different aspects of the Farm Bill. We will begin next week by showing the interaction of our nation's Farm Bill and the core of the Millennium Development Goals – lifting people out of poverty. One important way to address poverty is to help farmers in poor countries sell their crops at decent prices by changing the way our country manages its payments to farmers, large and small, through the Farm Bill.

As Congress begins the important work of renewing the Farm Bill, the Episcopal Church is joining with other communities of faith to work for much-needed improvements in the legislation that will:

  • Provide better support for U.S. farmers;
  • Strengthen rural communities;
  • Ensure a nutritious diet for those in need;
  • Provide for better stewardship of the land;
  • Invest in clean and renewable energy development; and
  • Support the efforts of small-scale farmers in poor countries to feed their families and help lift their communities out of poverty.

ADVOCATE: Send a message to your lawmakers letting them know that people of faith will be focusing on the Farm Bill this year like never before, and that we support legislation that is fair and just for people in our country and around the world. Click here to send a message now.

EDUCATE: You can learn more about the Farm Bill by reading reports from Church World Service and Oxfam, two of the Episcopal Church's key partners, as well as a Statement of Principles from the Episcopal Church and other faith communities that make up the Religious Working Group on the Farm Bill. You can find these resources on the EPPN's Feature Page: Feeding Our Nation and the World.