The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Our food & our faith

More than 100 scientists, pastors, food growers, ecumenical partners and others attended a fall conference “Food & Faith: Making the Connection” in Clive, Iowa, sponsored by the ELCA Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology.

Jerry DeWitt, a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ankeny, Iowa, and director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, told Episcopal Life that if Iowans really ate “five [fruits or vegetables] a day” and produced at least 25 percent of those in Iowa, the state would grow by 3,800 jobs and $300 million in agricultural income.

He suggested congregations begin conversations about food and health—including hunger, obesity and diabetes.


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