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Church’s social teaching and the ethics of GMOs

gmwatch-logo-grey-GM-red-300pxThis is the full paper presented by the Jesuit priests Father Roland Lesseps SJ and Father Peter Henriot SJ at the International Symposium on “Genetically Modified Organisms, Threat or Hope?”, held in Rome 10-11 November 2003. It was organized by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and presided by Council Prefect Cardinal Renato Martino. Fr Roland Lesseps SJ is Instructor at the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre and Fr Peter Henriot SJ is Director of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, both in Luska, Zambia.

Jesuits turn back clock on farming methods

12111151a1df48a1028770802837a2c2_XLFor 40 years Desmarais has run the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre in Zambia. But over the last 20 years Desmarais 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.

Promising Practices

Minolta DSCPromising Practices brings together the collective knowledge of SCIAF Programme Officer Stephen Martin and the four Zambian organisations that partnered with SCIAF to deliver the Promotion of Rural Food Security Programme (PRFSP) to look at the successes and lessons which came out of the programme

The experience, dedication and commitment of Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre, Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, Caritas Livingstone and Caritas Mongu, supported by Catholic Relief Services have laid the foundations for making the PRFSP a success.

Sustainable Agriculture Course

shortThe idea underlying sustainable agriculture is that farmers should co-operate with nature and not fight it.  To be sustainable, agriculture must be environmentally friendly, economically viable, and socially just.  This 5-day course covers the importance of soil organic matter, compost, green manures, agroforestry, conservation tillage, natural pest management, and rotation, diversification, and interplanting of crops.  In part of one session we discuss sustainable agriculture’s ability to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on the farming family.