Subthemes: Food and Water

Securing Food and Water for All People


The 2009 Parliament presented an exceptional roster of speakers and presentations reinforcing the principle that food and water are the right of every person, in every country, regardless of circumstances. We learned what is being done to translate this commitment into a reality and what we ourselves can do, now, in our own communities and countries, to ensure that food and water flow wherever people are hungry, not just from time to time, but for all time.


A sampling of programs includes:


Judaism, Vegetarianism and Tikun Olam (Healing the World)

Modern agribusiness has degraded vast areas of the earth’s ecosystems and contributed to climate change. A meat-based diet is a major factor in these potentially catastrophic developments. This session established a non-sectarian protocol for a harmonious, sustainable, well-fed world based on the traditional Jewish philosophy of Tikun Olam – healing the world.

Dr. Tom Kramer


How Can Interreligious Dialog Address Global Food, Water and Climate Problems?

The current economic downturn has increased the vulnerability of the world’s poorest communities and highlighted the need for a compassionate response to the basic human need for food, water, and a livable environment. Based on an analysis of the latest scientific data, this session developed a framework for interreligious dialog on the issues of climate change, access to clean water, and sustainable food supplies.


Compassionate Eating for the YouTube Generation

It has been said that human beings make their most personal connection with the planet through the food they eat each day. This audio-visual presentation used words and music, as well as material drawn from the Internet, to address how our daily dietary choices may be aligned with our compassionate aspirations.

Heng Sure


Sustainable Development Through Shumei Natural Agriculture

Shumei International promotes an approach to agriculture that respects and learns from nature. This program presented case studies from Zambia and the Philippines to show how natural agricultural methods reconnect people to the land, while promoting community development and food independence.

Shumei International


Can enough food and water be ensured for everyone, everywhere? In a word, yes.

Creativity and commitment are the foundation on which an adequate supply of food and water will be built. The problem has never been one of scarcity; it is one of access. Even with the recent rise in global food prices and world population, there is enough for all, within the means of all.

Many faiths instinctively recognize this basic human need, for they put food and water at the center of their most significant religious observances. Recognizing this ancient link between food and faith, the Parliament explores how we today can ensure food for all while sustaining a fertile, clean, abundant environment.