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Resource: Food, Faith, Food Sovereignty & Economic Development – Shamu Sadeh

Dr. Shamu Sadeh talks about the work at Adamah as part of a larger discussion on Food, Faith, Food Sovereignty and Economic Development. This talk was part of a Food & Faith Convening event held in November 2018 at Duke University. The event was developed through a partnership between Duke Divinity School and the Rural Church Program Area of The Duke Endowment, the Duke World Food Policy Center (WFPC).  Convening discussions identified several themes that drive the work of faith communities: moving from charity to justice, food sovereignty, and equitable food-oriented development; moving from charity to justice for the land & environment; the need for bridging and relationship building between practitioners, funders, and the academy; and the need for bridging between faith communities and policy. Additionally, several academic themes for future research were identified focused on cross-faith comparative analysis and the broad impact of faith community-based food systems work.

About Shamu Sadeh

Dr. Shamu Fenyvesi Sadeh is the co-founder and director of Adamah. He has been a professor of environmental studies, farmer, Jewish educator, writer, and wilderness guide. He has taught at Portland State University, Berkshire Community College, Southern Vermont College and the Wild Rockies Field Institute. His essays and articles on Jewish ethics, environmentalism, and family history have been published in Orion, Tikkun, The Washington Jewish Week, Response, Kerem, and the anthology Ecology and the Jewish Spirit (1998, Jewish Lights Publishing). Shamu holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College, a Master’s degree in environmental studies from University of Montana, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Portland State University. These days Shamu teaches Judaism and ecology, turns the compost piles, maintains the orchards, and supervises and mentors staff and Adamah Fellows.