Wednesday, May 5, 2010

When Faith and Farming Collide

Tonight I'm doing my homework. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, of which my church is a member, has drafted a "Social Statement on Genetics", to be considered by the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. This includes a section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) in the Food Supply.

Tomorrow night our church will host ELCA leadership to speak on this, among other topics.

If you are interested in seeing what my church is working on- check out the link below.

I strongly encourage YOU to investigate what connections YOUR church has to policies that affect agriculture and prayerfully consider how to address this issue.

Stay tuned for more on this issue.


  1. We'll be interested to hear what domes out of your forum on "this, among other topics."

  2. Check out Nina Fedoroff's book "Mendel in the Kitchen" ( for the best perspective on how genetics of all kinds affects the foods we eat. If you read with a Kindle, there's a Kindle version. First two chapters are the best.

    The best example is pink grapefruit. Those have to be pretty popular in ND. Every pink grapefruit we eat is cloned (YES CLONED) from one tree. Other examples concerning how mutations were induced by scientists to promote 'traditional' plant breeding is also highly interesting.

    Hope that helps.

    Mark Varner

  3. helper- Thanks for visiting! I'm doing my best to keep an open mind on these issues- I'll keep you posted.

  4. THANKS for visiting Dr. Varner! Will definately check out the link you suggested! I appreciate the insight!