Beyond Stewardship
Industry & Agriculture | Opinion | Social Justice

Beyond Stewardship

Waste reduction motivated two major initiatives in my early social justice work. Both became national success stories; over time, however, both enabled more waste and had other unintended consequences. Reflecting on that, I wonder if more than stewardship is needed to ground our approach to care for God’s creation. Edmonton’s Blue Box program was cutting-edge…

Give Me a Break
Industry & Agriculture | Opinion | Theology & Spirituality

Give Me a Break

What does Sabbath mean when we can’t worship together physically because of the dangers to physical health? Do we take a break, essentially “fasting” from celebrating the Sabbath? Are we in “a time of eucharistic fasting, in which we join with the whole communion of saints in longing for the bread of new life and the wine of the age to come,” as the Anglican Church of Canada’s website suggests?

Trade Wars Hit Heavy Down on the Farm
Industry & Agriculture | News

Trade Wars Hit Heavy Down on the Farm

Canadian farmers are used to risk, but those who export their goods are facing additional strain this year. Market risks have increased with trade embargoes while the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ability to settle disputes appears to be compromised. Countries including the U.S. and China are in disputes with each other, and each is also challenging the WTO’s authority in managing the rules that support international trade stability.

The fertilizer debate
Industry & Agriculture | Opinion

The fertilizer debate

Now despite all the positives I’ve written about, there is a nagging question as to why we are seeing an increase in autism among children, anxiety disorders, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, colitis, Crohn’s disease and other illnesses not heard of 50 years ago. Is it related to the foods we eat . . . pesticides and herbicides, the environment?