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Hope for the earth. 3 – Picking grains on the Sabbath

Environmental activism and concern for the future of people and planet have grabbed the headlines many times over the last year or two. For the moment this has been totally eclipsed by Covid-19, although humanity’s abuse of the earth and wild animals seems to have played a major role in

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Covid-19. Hope from the countryside

One of the most positive benefits of lockdown has been a new appreciation of nature. Skies have become bluer, the air cleaner, the roads quieter and wildlife more visible. And people have noticed. For example, in a survey conducted in early April by YouGov, 51% of respondents said they had

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Animal Stories

Animal stories

Food is the most direct link we have between culture and nature, city and farm folk.  It can serve as the point of interest that unites urbanites with farming concerns. As  we begin to understand that food is not simply fuel, but is in fact a natural, social, cultural and

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Food, land, people, and the road to Emmaus

The Harvest Festival season is almost over, but not too late to offer some reflections on the meaning of harvest. Below is, therefore, a transcript of a harvest thanksgiving address I gave at Worcester Cathedral three years ago.   Address at Worcestershire County Harvest Festival, Worcester Cathedral, 2 October 2016

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