C.S. Lewis described friendship as the moment when you look at a fellow human being and say “What? You too? I thought I was the only one.”
That’s how I felt when I met Abby Hummel. Abby found my blog via mutual friends, and we began emailing in late 2015 because of our shared interest in agriculture and biotechnology and how it intersects with our Christian faith. I had the good fortune of meeting Abby in person last week at an information Christ and Pop Culture meet-up during TGCW16 and it was a delight to share a meal with this Internet-turned-real-life friend.
In today’s article of the day, Abby summarizes how someone who cares about crunchy food interests (backyard chickens and local foods) and believes in eating “more from the ground and less from boxes” can support GMOs and biotechnology. She draws on what Christians believe about God, man, creation, sin and redemption to create a compelling, informed case for biotechnology. She spurs readers not to insulate themselves in a self-indulgent bubble of fear (my words, not hers), but to look to the story of the Bible to inform our thinking about this important topic.
As a side, she perfectly summed up my feelings for Wendell Berry:
The pastoral, agrarian vision he promotes throughout his work speaks to something deep in me because he aptly articulates the telos, the existential purpose, of mankind: to work and safeguard the earth until God renews it perfectly. His work is wise, in many ways, and breathtaking, but the way he pits technology against conservational ecology does not adequately accommodate the current brokenness of both the earth and mankind.
Read this article, friends. Be encouraged. Be informed. And be thankful for the food we have and the privilege we have to image God in the ways we produce that food.
P.S. I interviewed Abby’s husband Aaron for an article about his work a few months ago. Check it out here.