Bahá'í Perspectives on Agriculture and Food

Examine Bahá’í teachings on agriculture, food, rural development; relate this to public discourse; explore how agriculture can be incorporated in community-building

Social Transformation
7 weeks
Weekly Study
Jan 14-Mar 3
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January 14, 2021

Bahá'u'lláh described agriculture as a "a vital and important matter" that was foremost among the principles "conducive to the advancement of mankind and to the reconstruction of the world” (Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas 90, 89). Yet current agricultural policy often prioritizes yield and profit over health, sustainability, and sociocultural features of rural communities, while the poor struggle to even feed themselves, and climate change makes farming increasingly unpredictable. These and other factors threaten food security. In Bahá’í Perspectives on Agriculture and Food, we will examine the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith on agriculture, food, and rural development; relate these teachings to contemporary public discourse on these issues; and suggest ways in which agricultural activities can be incorporated into core activities, community-building, and emerging social action.

Meet Your Faculty
Paul Hanley
Author, Environmental Columnist

Although I was raised in a city, I became fascinated with agriculture as a youth and decided to “drop out” and become a smallholder farmer in Saskatchewan, Canada where I grew up. I helped form the first community land trust in Canada and lived on a self-sufficient, off grid farm... See Faculty Bio

Gary Reusche, PhD
Co-Manager, Virtues Project in Ukraine; Rural Development Specialist

Gary is a social and economic development worker living in Ukraine. Combining a PhD in agricultural science with an MBA in management, he managed projects in Central America, Africa, South Asia and the ex-Soviet Union. During the past 20 years, Gary used consultation in his work and teams. While working... See Faculty Bio

Kimberley Naqvi, PhD
Lecturer/Instructor, Thompson Rivers University

My teaching and research focus is in the cultural basis of development and economic theory and practice, and analysing related urban and rural settlement, production, and consumption patterns. Whenever possible, I teach with both local and international context so that students evaluate their own perception of local and international geographies.... See Faculty Bio

Neil Whatley
Agronomist, Researcher

My life’s work has been in rural development and agriculture production. Raised on a family farm in Saskatchewan, I spent my childhood working on the farm’s crop and livestock production as well as with the farm gardens and tree belts. After high school, I spent 10 years co-managing the farm.... See Faculty Bio

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