Well, despite my fretting about the future depicted in the film discussed below, it seems like humanity’s downward path is perhaps less steeply slanted than I feared. Today’s dining section in the Times has a great, hope-inspiring feature on “faith-based” farming practices, which reports that religious people are waking up to the fact that humane, organic livestock and agricultural practices and fair labor relations are actually in keeping with the teachings of Christianity/Judaism/Hinduism/whatever opiate of the masses they choose. Personally, I prefer to call it “being a decent, responsible human being,” but if they need to say the holy book told them so, far be it from me to argue. Even better is the fact that fundamentalists from different religions are working together on this, as in the article’s example of a Hasidic man supervising kosher slaughter practices at an organic farm run by an Evangelical Christian:

Mr. Lively adheres to a diet he believes Jesus followed. Like Mr. Wiesenfeld, he says the Bible prescribes that he use organic methods to respect the earth, treat his workers decently and treat the cattle that enter his slaughterhouse as humanely as possible.

“We learn everything from the Old Testament,” Mr. Lively said, “from keeping kosher to responsible capitalism.”

How great is that? Ooh, and responsible capitalism. It doesn’t have to be an oxymoron! How different from the religious-right nutjobs who think global warming is a liberal hoax and that there’s no point in preserving our natural resources because we’re not long for this world, anyway.

Read the whole article here. It’s well worth a few minutes of your day.