The work of gardening or farming is a most important work; one that is most beneficial for character development. This work God was designed for man as useful labor (see Genesis 2:15). Today, the world’s food supply is changing and men are resorting to their own measure of producing food and have neglected to follow the laws of nature and health. Climate changes is also believed to be a key element in transforming the world’s food supply. In the article ‘How climate change is transforming the world’s food supply,’ the author stated that, “climate change is poised to affect the world’s food supply in three key ways, experts say. There will be impacts on the quantity, quality and location of the food we produce, said Dr. Sam Myers, a medical doctor and senior research scientist studying environmental health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.”(1) However, as we read the Bible and The Spirit of Prophecy, we see where God has provided a plan for the many changes that have occurred on earth throughout the ages. “The earth has blessings hidden in her depths for those who have courage and will and perseverance to gather her treasures.” (4) The work of gardening or farming is a most important work; one that is most beneficial for character development. This work God has designed for man as useful labor (see Genesis 2:15).
Climate change! What is it really? How does it affect food production? Climate change is considered to be a change in the “statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time. It may also refer to a change in average weather conditions, or in the time variation of weather around long-term average conditions.”(2) This term may also relate to human involvement in climatic changes and not just natural changes in climate and is believed to be affecting the food industry. Fundamentals of Christian Education, 326, 327.Food production as we see today, is increasing more today than ever before, in an attempt to keep up with the rapid global demand. This raises some questions for concern regarding the safety of mass production of food for the consumer and the process in which our food is being produced.
It is believed that “climate change will reduce the amount of food grown around the world”, in particular staple foods such as wheat and corn, where food production is normally high. It is no coincidence that these foods are among the highest in being genetically modified for bulk production and climatic resistance. The outcome of this involves harvesting fruits/produce in half the time that it would naturally take to produce fruit by use of heavy fertilization and DNA modification. This nevertheless, is conflicting with God’s method of food production. The end result will be an increased production of unhealthy, toxic food that lacks nutrition, and loaded with pesticide and insecticide to feed a fast-growing society burdened with sickness, disease and death.
There are foods reaching tables that only look like food but has no nutritional value beneficial to growth and development of God’s temple, but rather enriched with elements that are harmful to the body. “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God if Holy, which [temple] ye are.” 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; 10:31; 3:17
The article also states that temperature increase, as a result of climate change, will more than likely lead to an increase in crop pests and a change in the location of agricultural areas which will also affect the global food supply. (1) In addition, it is believed that tropical regions would be affected the most by the change in the earth’s climate. For this God had a plan and gave specific instructions on gardening with the use of rich dirt, stones, then rich dirt and dressing in rocky soil regions and locations undesirable to gardening or farming which when implemented result in most beautiful fruit colors and flavor. (6) “Many farmers have failed to secure adequate returns from their land because they have undertaken the work as though it was a degrading employment; they do not see that there is a blessing in it for themselves and their families.” (4)
We have been given much guidance and instruction in the production of food that will be most healthful and nutritious to oneself and family. Growing your own food with God’s help and in obedience to laws of nature will be very rewarding and successful. “In the cultivation of the soil the thoughtful worker will find that treasures little dreamed of are opening up before him. No one can succeed in agriculture or gardening without attention to the laws involved. The special needs of every variety of plant must be studied. Different varieties require different soil and cultivation, and compliance with the laws governing each is the condition of success. The attention required in transplanting, that not even a root fiber shall be crowded or misplaced, the care of the young plants, the pruning and watering, the shielding from frost at night and sun by day, keeping out weeds, disease, and insect pests, the training and arranging, not only teach important lessons concerning the development of character, but the work itself is a means of development. The constant contact with the mystery of life and the loveliness of nature… tends to quicken the mind and refine and elevate the character.” (5)HC 126.3 (Español (Spanish))
3. Fundamentals of Christian Education, 326.
4. Adventist Home, 141-143
5. Education, 111,112
6. Selected Messages Book 3, p 328