Saturday, March 25, 2017

Labora Agricultura (New Agriculture Series)



Hey y'all,

So.....I just realized that after almost five months of blogging, I've suddenly realized that I never really explained why I call myself Farm Lassie. I know that I've dropped one or two small hints but that doesn't really help, does it?

The truth is, in a very short amount of time, I will be graduating college with a Bachelor degree in Agriculture. I'm following the tradition of my parents who also have agriculture degrees. While I don't have a farm of my own or even a family farm right now, I have a long and cherished family history in agriculture. I hope that in the near future that I will at least operate if not own a farm of my own.

In the meantime, I would love to share some knowledge about agricultural topics in a new "series" here on Frugally Fancy. Unlike my other series on Modesty for the Active Women, I'm going to be breaking up the posts and not do them all at once. I found that I was getting really sick of the topic by the third or fourth post, and I'm sure that all of you readers were thinking the same thing. I'll try to bring out a new one once a month if not every other week.

I've also decided to choose a new topic for this particular series: agriculture. My title "Labora Agricultura" is Latin for Agricultural Labor. I will be talking about various farming systems, defining the practices in them, and discussing the pros and cons especially for the Catholic consumer.

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Is there really a Catholic method of agriculture?

In Dr. Bruce Walter's work of fiction, Russian Sunrise, an ideal Catholic Confessional State is outlined. The section devoted to agriculture is surprisingly brief compared to other sections such as economy and social services. I think I can excuse Dr. Walters, though. As an economist, agriculture really would not be his first field of study, and finding reliable information on agricultural practices of today is difficult. Hence, as a Catholic agricultural student, I will attempt through this series to paint a picture of what Catholic agriculture should look like.

For several centuries, a lot of agricultural practices remained the same, with some small regional differences. Sure, monks and nuns participated in agriculture, and certainly Catholic laypersons participated in it. With the exception of some pagan practices (which were avoided by Catholics anyway), there was nothing immoral or even divisive about farming practices.

Fast forward to period between 1950 and the present day. We see the development of industrial agricultural systems, as well as several ecological farming systems. Suddenly, there is a sharp divide between different sectors of the agriculture industry between "conventional" and "organic" products. Heavy moral questions are being asked about genetically modified organisms. Misinformation and information get packed together in a nice package with a big bow on it and are spread to a public that has been removed from agricultural knowledge for at least 1-5 generations. Hopefully I can clear at least some of the confusion and bring some peace of mind as a bonus.

In the series, I will discussing the following: Industrial Agriculture, Organic Agriculture, Ecological Farming System, Genetically Modified Organisms, Agrarianism and Stewardship, and in conclusion Agricultura Catholica (or Catholic Agriculture).

Old-fashionably yours,

Farm Lassie

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