Election 2012 E-Journey: World Food Week Potluck Dinner Materials

October 12, 2012
Fr. Ed Quinn, friends and lay missionaries enjoyed fellowship in Fiji

Fr. Ed Quinn, friends and lay missionaries enjoyed fellowship in Fiji

By sitting together in fellowship over a meal made with organic grains and vegetables, we can live out the Gospel by supporting small farmers near and far and preserve the right for seeds to grow as God made them.

Gather together a group of friends or family to talk about ethical eating. The best way to do this is over an organic, non-GMO shared meal. To save you some time, we have included a sample recipe of a traditional Burmese dish.

Start your conversation and meal with this Columban prayer:

one bread one body poem textInvite someone else in the group to read this passage from Pope John Paul II’s address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 1981

Father Pat Colgan with sugar cane farmers in Fiji

Reflect on the prayer and Pope John Paul II’s words and discuss the following questions as a group:

  1. As one body of Christ, what is our commitment to our fellow human beings to ensure dignified work and food security? What is our commitment to God’s Creation more broadly?
  2. Studies show that GMOs do not increase crop yields or guarantee food security. Yet corporations, international financial institutions, and some governments are pushing for more GE seeds as the solution to global hunger. How can we live out the Gospel and allow for the traditional seeds that God made “good” to flourish? Are there things we can do in our homes? Our parishes? In government?

*Here are some suggestions for the facilitator:

  1. Commit to using organic grains for at least one meal a week
  2. Plant an organic garden on your church property and donate the produce to people in your parish or community who are in need or provide lunch for the congregation once a month.
  3. Host an organic community supported agriculture pickup at the church for parishioners or community members
  4. Give to projects supporting small farmers in the majority world such as the Peruvian Potato Agronomy Project (see picture above) located 183 outside of Lima. The goal of this project is to support the livelihoods of 630 small-farming families.
  5. Organize a meeting with your member of Congress to ask them to pass a Farm Bill and to prevent deregulation of laws regulating GMOs or removing funding for wetlands and land conservation, or food relief during natural disasters.
  6. Raise your concerns about the food systems with local and national candidates for elected office. Ask them to commit to a just food system.

Close the potluck by inviting everyone to write a letter to Congress for a just Farm Bill that prevents the proliferation of GE seeds and guarantees food security for people around the world.

*These materials were provided by the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach. If you have any questions related to these materials or your potluck event, contact ccaoprograms@columban.org for more information.