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Standing Up for Farmers

September 2, 2014

The Viatorian Community continues to support the Catholic Rural Life Conference, based in Des Moines, that advocates for and supports families making a living in rural America.ncrlc family 2

Most recently, Catholic Rural Life called for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Justice Department to take a hard look at Tyson Foods’ acquisition of Hillshire Brands. Executive Director Jim Ennis called the potential acquisition a “meat monopoly” and threatening the future of small-scale, propietary farmers.

“For most people, farming and agriculture is out of sight and out of mind,” he said in an article published Aug. 24 in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. “We speak from a Catholic voice with concern about the importance of having farm families on the land.”

In other news, Bishop Thomas Wenski, chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued a Labor Day statement that focuses on young adults, whome he says have borne the brunt of the unemployment and underemployment crisis — with an unemployment rate that is more than double the national average.NCRLC

Finally, this week is World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, when more than 200 organizations discuss the vulnerable water resources for sustaining life, economic growth and our environment. They will look take a closer look at  overall “systems view” of how we develop and manage energy and water for the good of society and ecosystems – at local, national, regional and global levels – and avoid unintended consequences of narrow sectoral approaches

To find out  more about World Water Week, click here.