Spirituality and agriculture

Authored by: John E. Ikerd

The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138214675
eBook ISBN: 9781315445489
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315445489-9

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Abstract

Throughout human history, spirituality has been an essential aspect of agriculture. Historically, people gave thanks to God or the spirit world for their food, and farmers proudly proclaimed their responsibility as caretakers or stewards of God’s holy earth. During the mid-1900s, the spiritual connections of food and farming were sacrificed in the process of bringing modern science and industrial technologies to agriculture – at least in the US and other so-called developed economies.

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