The secrets of eco-friendly eating

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Buying food from the grocery store instead of a local farm stand or farmer’s market is a choice you probably don’t even think about making. If you do think about where to purchase your food at all, the decision probably comes down to convenience and price more than anything else. However, where and how you purchase your food can have widespread consequences. The choices we make in our eating habits—what we consume, where we buy it, how it is grown—can have a great environmental impact that extends far beyond our local community.


The secrets of eco-friendly eating

By A U.S. Catholic interview| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment Ethic of Life

Buying food from the grocery store instead of a local farm stand or farmer’s market is a choice you probably don’t even think about making. If you do think about where to purchase your food at all, the decision probably comes down to convenience and price more than anything else. However, where and how you purchase your food can have widespread consequences. The choices we make in our eating habits—what we consume, where we buy it, how it is grown—can have a great environmental impact that extends far beyond our local community.


Papal authority and climate change: Preparing for Pope Francis' encyclical

By Daniel R. DiLeo| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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Sometime in the near future, Pope Francis will publish the Church's first enyclical on ecology. While for many this is an exciting and unprecedented move, others have already started criticizing the pope. Among the strongest critics are people who argue that Catholics do not have to take this document seriously—that some of its teachings may not be made with the charism of infallibility and could therefore be ignored.


Papal authority and climate change: Preparing for Pope Francis' encyclical

By Daniel R. DiLeo| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment Vatican

Sometime in the near future, Pope Francis will publish the Church's first enyclical on ecology. While for many this is an exciting and unprecedented move, others have already started criticizing the pope. Among the strongest critics are people who argue that Catholics do not have to take this document seriously—that some of its teachings may not be made with the charism of infallibility and could therefore be ignored.


Take a social justice roadtrip through the hills of Appalachia

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Article Environment Social Justice

As a Glenmary priest, I’ve lived in Appalachia for 40 years. I’ve found that understanding social justice issues concerning the area and its people demands real-life experiences. Stereotypical images of shoeless kids with dirty faces and torn T-shirts live on beyond the passing of LIFE magazine from a half century ago. The story of Appalachia defies a single photo or story. For those serious about encountering the spirit of the mountains, I simply tell them, “Get in the van, and I’ll take you around.”


Catholic groups rally against climate change amid intense church debate

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(RNS) Catholic environmental groups from around the world on Wednesday (January 14) announced a new global network to battle climate change just as many Catholic conservatives are sharply criticizing Pope Francis’ campaign to put environmental protection high on the church’s agenda.


Cool it this Christmas

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Article Environment War and Peace
This holiday season, turn down the thermostat and give peace a chance.

The season of the prince of peace is upon us once again, yet the world seems aswirl with violence and despair. The Ebola virus has the nation on edge while it reaps a terrible harvest in West Africa. Another virus, this one of violence, is sweeping across the nations of the Middle East and throughout the Arab world. What has become of the Arab Spring? Only tiny Tunisia appears to have survived the tempest thrown up by efforts to tear down Arab tyrants and jump-start democracy in the region.


A hot mess in the Middle East

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Article Environment War and Peace
As tensions heat up in Iraq, one underlying cause of the conflict remains overlooked.

Is fracking the answer to our energy crisis?

By Dan Misleh| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment
Ending our reliance on fossil fuels might mean digging deeper to find alternative solutions to our global energy crisis.

Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Seven tips for moral eating

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According to Catholic Rural Life, what we eat is a moral issue. How do we use an informed conscience to make moral eating decisions?

1. By placing an emphasis on eating and purchasing foods that are good for the planet.

2. By eating and purchasing foods that are good to grow and that benefit soil and water resources.

3. By focusing our purchasing decisions on the common good—what is good and just for farms, farmers, and their workers in terms of health and well being.

4. By asking questions about how food is grown, harvested, and kept safe for us to eat.


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