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The Institute for Environmental Stewardship

ies_st joseph's univThe Institute will fulfill its mission through research relating to environmental stewardship issues, exploration of ethical decision-making processes relating to stewardship, educating the local and broader community concerning environmental stewardship, and engaging members of the community in activities to address these issues, especially as they impact the poor and marginalized members of society.

Canadian Jesuit favors oxen over tractors in helping Zambian farmers

CNS-ZambiaFarm (1000x750)_0Nineteenth-century missionaries arrived in Africa with a Bible in one hand and a plough in the other. Jesuit Brother Paul Desmarais still has a Bible, but he’s given up on the plough. For 40 years, Desmarais has run the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre in Zambia. But over the past 20 years he has rethought almost every aspect of conventional Western agriculture and how it’s applied in Africa. Ploughs, tractors, chemical fertilizers, commercial herbicides were once all part of Desmarais’ gospel of modern agriculture, but no more. The Canadian Jesuit now promotes organic, ecologically sustainable, no-till farming for small-scale farmers.