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Faith, science and the future : Preparatory readings for a World Conference organized by the World Council of Churches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., USA, July 12-24, 1979

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/catalog8272
Publication Date
c1978
Material Type
Book : Paper
Location
Trinity College (Graham Library)
Call Number
BL 240.2 W66 1978
Corporate Author
World Conference on Faith, Science and the Future (Cambridge, Mass., 1979)
Place
Geneva
Publisher
Church and Society, World Council of CHurches
Publication Date
c1978
Physical_Description
vi, 236 p. : ill. (charts and diagrams) ; 21.5 x 13.2 cm.
Material Type
Book : Paper
Notes
"Editorial committee: Charles Birch, John Francis, Paulos Gregorios, Shem Olende, Keith Roby, David Rose, Roger Shinn, Paul Abrecht - Editor".
Includes bibliographical references.
"This book of preparatory readings for the World Conference on Faith, Science and the Future sponsored by the World Council of Churches and to be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., USA July 12-24, 1979, is intended for the use of participants and study groups, in and outside the churches, who may be interested in the issues to be discussed at this international meeting of scientists, technologists, theologians and persons of other disciplines. .... The book attempts to set out, in terms which the non-specialist can understand, the issues in the debate today. .... The book is the work of an editorial group drawn largely from the membership of the Working Committee on Church and Society which is responsible for planning the 1979 Conference. Each member contributed a chapter or helped in editing the whole. Where chapters are not the work of a member of the editorial group, this is so indicated." -- Preface.
Parts II, II and IV conclude with "Questions and Themes for Discussion".
Contents: Preface dated Geneva, Switzerland, July 1978 -- Science and Technology in the Struggle for a Just, Participatory and Sustainable Society -- Part I: The Theological and Ethical Evaluation of Science and Technology, and their World-Views -- Faith, Science and Human Understanding -- Science and Technology as Promise and Threat -- The Biblical Interpretation of Nature and Human Dominion -- Rethinking the Criteria for Quality of Life -- Ethical Dilemmas in the Biological Manipulation of Human Life -- Part II: Energy for the Future -- Energy: The Argument for Keeping All Options Open: Including Nuclear -- The Argument for Emphasizing Renewable Energy Sources -- The Churches and the Debate about Nuclear Energy -- Part III: Food, Resources, Environment and Population: Key Areas for Technological Judgement and Policy -- Food: The Prospects -- Resources: Limits or No Limits ? -- Environmental Deterioration -- Population Growth and the Sustainable Society -- The Technological Revolution and the Oceans -- Part IV: Science and Technology as Power: Its Distribution and Control -- Technical Power and People: The Impact of Technology on the Structure of Government -- Technology Transfer and Dependence -- The Quest for Appropriate Technology -- Part V: Economic Issues in the Struggle for a Just, Participatory and Sustainable Society -- Growth, Technology and the Future of the World Economy -- The Environment and Social Production: A Soviet View -- Plea for a Post-Modern Society.
Added Entry
World Council of Churches. Church and Society
Abrecht, Paul, 1917-2005
Birch, Charles (Louis Charles), 1918-2009
Derr, Thomas Sieger, 1931-
Leuenberger, Theodor, 1935-
Oldak, Pavel Grigorevich
Olende, Shem
Paulos Gregorios (Paul Verghese), 1922-1996
Roby, Keith, 1941-1981
Rose, David
Shinn, Roger L. (Roger Lincoln), 1917-2013
Subjects
Nature (Theology)
Religion and science
Human ecology - Religious aspects - Christianity
Power resources
Ecology - Religious aspects - Christianity
Technology - Moral and ethical aspects
Technology - Religious aspects - Christianity
Nature - Biblical teaching
Bioethics - Moral and ethical aspects
Human genetics - Moral and ethical aspects
Energy policy - Moral and ethical aspects
Nuclear energy - Moral and ethical aspects
Renewable energy sources - Moral and ethical aspects
Nuclear energy - Religious aspects - Christianity
Food supply
Sustainable development
Population - Moral and ethical aspects
Environmental degradation
Environmental protection - Moral and ethical aspects
Appropriate technology
ISBN
2-8254-0578-7
Call Number
BL 240.2 W66 1978
Location
Trinity College (Graham Library)
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Faith, science and the future : Preparatory readings for a World Conference organized by the World Council of Churches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., USA, July 12-24, 1979

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/catalog955
Publication Date
c1978
Material Type
Book : Paper
Location
OTCH
Call Number
BL 240.2 W66 1978
Corporate Author
World Conference on Faith, Science and the Future (Cambridge, Mass., 1979)
Place
Geneva
Publisher
Church and Society, World Council of CHurches
Publication Date
c1978
Physical_Description
vi, 236 p. : ill. (charts and diagrams) ; 21.5 x 13.2 cm.
Material Type
Book : Paper
Notes
"Editorial committee: Charles Birch, John Francis, Paulos Gregorios, Shem Olende, Keith Roby, David Rose, Roger Shinn, Paul Abrecht - Editor".
Includes bibliographical references.
"This book of preparatory readings for the World Conference on Faith, Science and the Future sponsored by the World Council of Churches and to be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., USA July 12-24, 1979, is intended for the use of participants and study groups, in and outside the churches, who may be interested in the issues to be discussed at this international meeting of scientists, technologists, theologians and persons of other disciplines. .... The book attempts to set out, in terms which the non-specialist can understand, the issues in the debate today. .... The book is the work of an editorial group drawn largely from the membership of the Working Committee on Church and Society which is responsible for planning the 1979 Conference. Each member contributed a chapter or helped in editing the whole. Where chapters are not the work of a member of the editorial group, this is so indicated." -- Preface.
Parts II, II and IV conclude with "Questions and Themes for Discussion".
Contents: Preface dated Geneva, Switzerland, July 1978 -- Science and Technology in the Struggle for a Just, Participatory and Sustainable Society -- Part I: The Theological and Ethical Evaluation of Science and Technology, and their World-Views -- Faith, Science and Human Understanding -- Science and Technology as Promise and Threat -- The Biblical Interpretation of Nature and Human Dominion -- Rethinking the Criteria for Quality of Life -- Ethical Dilemmas in the Biological Manipulation of Human Life -- Part II: Energy for the Future -- Energy: The Argument for Keeping All Options Open: Including Nuclear -- The Argument for Emphasizing Renewable Energy Sources -- The Churches and the Debate about Nuclear Energy -- Part III: Food, Resources, Environment and Population: Key Areas for Technological Judgement and Policy -- Food: The Prospects -- Resources: Limits or No Limits ? -- Environmental Deterioration -- Population Growth and the Sustainable Society -- The Technological Revolution and the Oceans -- Part IV: Science and Technology as Power: Its Distribution and Control -- Technical Power and People: The Impact of Technology on the Structure of Government -- Technology Transfer and Dependence -- The Quest for Appropriate Technology -- Part V: Economic Issues in the Struggle for a Just, Participatory and Sustainable Society -- Growth, Technology and the Future of the World Economy -- The Environment and Social Production: A Soviet View -- Plea for a Post-Modern Society.
Added Entry
World Council of Churches. Church and Society
Abrecht, Paul, 1917-2005
Birch, Charles (Louis Charles), 1918-2009
Derr, Thomas Sieger, 1931-
Leuenberger, Theodor, 1935-
Oldak, Pavel Grigorevich
Olende, Shem Arungu, 1939-
Paulos Gregorios (Paul Verghese), 1922-1996
Roby, Keith, 1941-1981
Rose, David
Shinn, Roger L. (Roger Lincoln), 1917-2013
Subjects
Nature (Theology)
Religion and science
Human ecology - Religious aspects - Christianity
Power resources
Ecology - Religious aspects - Christianity
Technology - Moral and ethical aspects
Technology - Religious aspects - Christianity
Nature - Biblical teaching
Bioethics - Moral and ethical aspects
Human genetics - Moral and ethical aspects
Energy policy - Moral and ethical aspects
Nuclear energy - Moral and ethical aspects
Renewable energy sources - Moral and ethical aspects
Nuclear energy - Religious aspects - Christianity
Food supply
Sustainable development
Population - Moral and ethical aspects
Environmental degradation
Environmental protection - Moral and ethical aspects
Appropriate technology
ISBN
2-8254-0578-7
Call Number
BL 240.2 W66 1978
Location
OTCH
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Global 2000 revisited : what shall we do ?

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/catalog7610
Author
Barney, Gerald O.
Publication Date
c1993
Material Type
Book : Paper
Location
U. of T. Libraries
Call Number
HC 79 E5B3 1993
Author
Barney, Gerald O.
Place
[Arlington, Va.]
Publisher
Millennium Institute
Publication Date
c1993
Physical_Description
xv, 105 p. ; 28 x 21.5 cm.
Material Type
Book : Paper
Notes
"[By] Gerald O. Barney with Jane Blewett and Kristen R. Barney".
"A report on the critical issues of the 21st century prepared for the 1993 Parliament of World's Religions". -- t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [97]-105).
"The book you are holding is an invitation to reflect deeply on the critical issues we face today: threats to the global environment; divisions within the human community, such as racism, interreligious hatred, sexual discrimination, and xenophobic nationalism; extremes of affluence and poverty; and the prevalence of violence, oppression, and exploitation of all kinds. .... [T]he 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions will be different. It will demonstrate the religions' commitment to issues which usually are considered secular, and it will demonstrate their adherents' and their leaders' willingness to work together for peace and the health of the planet. The purpose of the Parliament is to find practical ways we can live peacefully and sustainably, communicating and understanding, respecting one another's diversity, and protecting the common ground which nourishes all life. The time is right for this gathering. It coincides with a growing awareness of the limitations of our technological and political ingenuity. It responds to a growing confidence in the power of spiritual understanding and the desire for wisdom. 'Global 2000 Revisited: What Shall We Do ?' is our way of inviting you to this work of reconciliation and peace". -- Foreword.
Contents: Acknowledgements / Gerald O. Barney -- Foreword dated March 1993 / Daniel Al Gomez-Ibanez, Executive Director, Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, Chicago, Illinois, United States -- A Letter to Our Spiritual Leaders dated Arlington, Virginia, United States, July 1993 / Gerald O. Barney, Executive Director, Millennium Institute -- Overview -- The Critical Issues -- Choices and an Uncertain Future -- The Role of Faith Traditions -- Changing Course -- Appendix: Proposal for a Meeting of Heads of State and Spiritual Leaders in Iceland in 2000 -- References
Added Entry
Blewett, Jane
Barney, Kristen R.
Subjects
Parliament of the World's Religions (2nd : 1993 : Chicago, Ill.)
Millennium Institute (Arlington, Va.)
Global 2000 Study (U.S.)
Economic forecasting
Environmental policy
Environmental protection - Moral and ethical aspects
Food supply
Natural resources
Sustainable development - Religious aspects
Twentieth century - Forecasts
Twenty-first century - Forecasts
ISBN
0-937585-00-9
Call Number
HC 79 E5B3 1993
Location
U. of T. Libraries
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Make food a priority for all people

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article35871
Author
Ecumenical News International
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2009 September
Author
Ecumenical News International
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2009 September
Volume
135
Issue
7
Page
11
Notes
"Church-linked campaigns in the fight against hunger have urged new approaches to trade that uphold people's right to food. 'Food cannot be treated like any other commodity,' said Jose Pablo Prado Cordova, vice-chairperson of the Food Strategy Group for the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, an international Christian network. 'Many current trade policies undermine food systems', he said." "Rev David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, noted that 150 million more people have been pushed into extreme poverty and more than a billion people are struggling to feed their families."
Subjects
Food supply
Food supply - Religious aspects - Christianity
Commercial policy - Religious aspects - Christianity
Hunger
Hunger - Religious aspects - Christianity
Bread for the World (Washington, D.C.)
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Mushrooming questions about plant-breeders rights: Church seeks white paper, public hearings, cites danger to farming through cost increases

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official1912
Date
1988 June 10
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Date
1988 June 10
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Text
TORONTO, June 10, 1988 -- Legislation now before the House of Commons raises serious ethical issues and could impose extra hardship on Canadian farmers, the Anglican Church of Canada says.
Bill C-107, an act to establish "plant-breeders rights", has received first reading in the House. The church says there should be public hearings across Canada before the bill receives second reading.
In a letter to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, the Church's general secretary lists several concerns about the legislation which would allow corporations to take out patents on plants. David Woeller says this raises important ethical questions: "Something as basic to the future of all human beings as food must be seen in a context broader than that of individual or corporate property rights and must not be decided only by plant scientists and big business."
The letter notes that this is the first time Parliament has addressed the concept of "patenting" life forms. It says once any kind of life form -- even plant life -- becomes established as a commodity to be bought and sold, it will become extremely difficult to draw the line: "The United States began with plant patenting but has moved to allow patenting for micro-organisms and animals.
"Earlier this year Harvard University was granted a patent for a mouse containing human genes ..... There is no difference between human genetic material and the genetic material of any other species."
The letter raises three additional concerns:
First it says "Bill C-107 is addressing the wrong issue". The real issue is to ensure adequate funds for agricultural research. It suggests this should be done through public funding, rather than through increasing profits to agricultural companies. It says there should be a white paper on the future of agricultural research to allow Canadians to consider this issue in its broader context.
Second, the evidence suggests that "agricultural input costs will increase substantially" as a result of the legislation".
-- there will be an immediate increase in seed costs of 10 percent, according to an estimate by the Manitoba department of agriculture;
-- several estimates predict a further rapid rise in prices, by at least 30 percent;
-- the example of pharmaceutical companies causes special concern. These companies recently received similar patent protection for prescription drugs. At that time, the federal government said price increases would not exceed the Consumer Price Index (about 5 percent). In fact, a study by the government of Ontario revealed that more than 1,000 drugs had excessive price increases over a six month period -- and some increased by more than 100 percent ! Many of the pharmaceutical companies responsible for these price increases are the same companies which seek patents on their seeds.
Third, the bill would operate to the detriment of Third World agriculture which has supplied us with much of our "germplasm" -- the genetic material of plant breeding -- free of charge. Bill C-107 flies in the face of United Nations initiatives to ensure "farmers' rights".
The letter concludes by urging the government to initiate public hearings to be held across the country before proceeding with the legislation.
-30-
For further information, contact:
Peter Hamel, National Affairs Consultant, or
David Pollock, Economic Justice Consultant,
(416) 924-9192
or Doug Tindal, Director of Communications
(416) 924-9192; residence (416) 335-8349
Subjects
Patents - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Food supply
Food supply - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Ecology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Plants, Protection of
Biotechnology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Agricultural biotechnology - Canada
Agricultural biotechnology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Agriculture - Canada
Agriculture - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Nature's way is better for everybody

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article24884
Author
Madeley, John, 1934-2017
Journal
Church Times
Date
1998 August 21
Author
Madeley, John, 1934-2017
Journal
Church Times
Date
1998 August 21
Issue
7071
Page
6
Notes
The evidence is overwhelming that the genetic engineering "techno-fix" which the biotechnology industry is promoting will not feed the hungry. Opposition is fierce in Africa, the world's hungriest continent.
Subjects
Agriculture - Religious aspects
Biotechnology - Moral and ethical aspects
Agricultural biotechnology - Religious aspects - Christianity
Food supply
Hunger - Africa
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Resolutions [Plant Breeders' Rights]

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official734
Date
May 1988
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
May 1988
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Mrs. A. Newell
Seconder
Mrs. H. Woolley
Text
That the National Executive Council convey to the Government of Canada its concerns with respect to Bill C-107 regarding Plant Breeders' Rights and in particular the following concerns:
1. That a wide genetic diversity of plant stock be preserved and their availability maintained.
2. That plant breeding research and development not ignore those crops designed for relatively small markets or for regions with specific needs.
3. That the present level of funding for public research and development be increased.
4. That royalties received from publicly produced cultivar be returned to support the plant breeding program that developed the variety.
5. That the free exchange of research information be increased.
6. That excessive price increases for seeds and plant stock be avoided and that the financial needs and constraints of Canadian farmers and consumers be considered, should any increase in cost occur.
7. That government maintain a responsible presence and control over research and pricing.
8. That the 18 year patent period be reassessed and decreased.
9. That the full implications of patenting life forms be explored in depth and the ethical and legal questions addressed in greater detail.
10. That the question of ownership vis-a-vis the concentration of productive power of food resources be squarely addressed and the ethical and geo-political implications responsibly explored.
11. That efforts be made to develop new plant stocks that are less dependent upon agro-chemicals.
12. That the well-being of the natural environment be a major consideration in granting patents to any new seed stock.
13. That the needs of the Third World, in terms of food production and agricultural practices compatible to ecological and economic conditions, be responsibly considered.
14. That the issue of possible conflict of interest of patent holders be addressed. (In many cases, the same key international companies are involved in the debate over generic drugs, generic pesticides and plant breeding legislation. The question to be addressed is how appropriate is it for the same company to hold a patent on a given seed stock that requires the application of an agro-chemical patented by that company.)
15. That in granting patents for new foods stocks where possible nutritional content takes precedence over such factors as uniformity of size, ripening time, colour, etc., that is over factors that have more to do with aesthetics, convenience and efficiency than with nutrition.
16. That public and open hearings begin as soon as possible so that all sides of the debate may be heard and that the ethical, ecological, political and commercial implications of such a Bill can be more fully explored before any final action is taken.
Following lengthy discussion, it was the consensus that the above motion should be referred and it was:
That the above motion regarding Plant Breeders' Rights be referred to the Executive Director of Program, for staff work as appropriate noting the need for urgency. CARRIED #53-05-88
Subjects
Patents - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Food supply
Food supply - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Ecology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Plants, Protection of
Biotechnology - Moral and ethical aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Agricultural biotechnology - Canada
Agricultural biotechnology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Agriculture - Canada
Agriculture - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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What is Food Security ?

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article38282
Author
Chambers, Simon
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Under the Sun: News from the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund
Date
2013 February
Author
Chambers, Simon
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Under the Sun: News from the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund
Date
2013 February
Page
1
Notes
"PWRDF works with partners around the world to address issues of food security. Put simply, food security means having enough healthy food for yourself and your family for the long term. You're not wondering where your next meal is coming from. You have either enough food that you grow yourself, or enough money to buy food without having to give up other necessities. Food security is different from food aid. Food aid is about giving starving people something to eat. Food banks are a food aid project. So is a lot of the immediate response in a disaster: get food to people right now so they will live to see tomorrow. Food aid is incredibly important in such situations. But its a bandaid. The goal of PWRDF and other development agencies is to move beyond bandaids. .... Over the next three years, PWRDF will be engaging in a campaign called Partnership for Life: Food for All to help raise awareness of hunger issues and to raise funds to help us address those issues".
Subjects
Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)
Food security
Food security - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Food supply
Food supply - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Hunger - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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