Originally published October 17, 2011. Care of Creation Kenya continues to collect data on their farming demonstration plots, and after 3.5 years, 27 trials with 5 different crops, they have found Farming God’s Way plots are 250% more productive than adjacent control plots. Now that’s awesome!
Farming God’s Way is part of Care of Creation’s program in Kenya. Essentially conservation no-till farming wrapped in a strong envelope of biblical teaching, the program consistently produces yields many times that produced with conventional farming techniques, even in – or better, especially in drought years like the one we’re in now, along with farmers who have a strong biblical framework for their farming work. 440% increased yield is nothing to sneeze at… but enough words! Here’s a picture just received from Craig Sorley with his comments below:
Attached is a photo from the creation stewardship and farming God’s way workshop we held for 3 days last week with 30 farmers from Mai Mahiu and Ndeiya. We harvested our onion crop with them. The control plot produced 17.3kg of onions (as seen on the left of the photo) and the FGW plot produced 76.9 kg (as seen on the right). The FGW plot produced 4.4 times greater yield!!!
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I suspect it was the word “hoax” which first caught my attention. Assuming that the Piltdown Man scandal died as a headline in 1953, we are still left with Senator James Inhofe’s now famous declaration that global climate change is “”the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” this said from the Senate floor.
It was a completely unexpected outcome. Researchers expected that patients would be more content. They thought they might sleep better. But nobody expected that redesigning a hospital room would cause people to ask for less pain medication.
Most of us have long forgotten the Carnival Splendor debacle, almost four years ago, now. I bet those passengers haven’t forgotten, though, and neither should we forget the powerful lesson from this incident. (Published Nov 12, 2010)
The word “ordeal” was what caught my attention first. It was a news story about the Carnival Splendor, one of the largest cruise ships in the world, disabled off the coast of California early this week. Ordeal? Amid all that luxury? This must be journalistic overstatement.
Little by little, the details started to emerge as the ship was towed back to San Diego, then came a flood of reports yesterday after the ship reached port. Smoky corridors. Blocked up toilets. Stench filled hallways. Interior rooms with no light or ventilation. And two hour waits to be served hot dog salad and Spam. (It is a strange footnote to this entire episode that the only thing the cruise line has disputed is that Spam was served to the passengers. What’s the big deal about Spam among all of the other hardships? But I digress…) Continue reading →
But we’re coming back. Starting the first week of September, we expect to be publishing at least three posts each week under multiple authorship. I (Ed Brown) will bring one post a week, Brittany Ederer, Care of Creation Special Projects Coordinator, will do another, and we’ll also have periodic contributions from Andrea Ebley, our Church Outreach Coordinator and Kermit Hovey, our Director of Operations and Development.
In the meantime, we’re going to republish some of our favorites from the first three years of the blog. We hope you enjoy, are blessed or perhaps occasionally disturbed, and that you’ll join in the conversation with us either on these pages or on Facebook or Twitter.
This is article is a repost from InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholar’s Blog. Thanks to Tom Grosh for permission to cross-post.
The topic of a recent cover story in Christianity Today is shaking up not only the world of missions, but also academia. The World the Missionaries Made is a report on the work of Robert Woodberry, a sociologist currently researching at the Political Science Department of the National University of Singapore. CT’s Executive Editor Andy Crouch calls it the CT cover story of which he is most proud. Its thesis and Woodberry’s work support a remarkable conclusion – that a generation of “conversionary protestant missionaries” (see note) laid a foundation for democracy around the world. Continue reading →
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