United Nations: What is UVU’s Why it Matters Conference? | Opinion

Ron Gibson, a seventh-generation Ogden dairy farmer, chops corn to feed his cows in Hooper, Weber County, on Oct. 9, 2020. 

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Animal feeds may not be everyday fodder for international relations, but a pilot project coordinated by Utah State University in the 1970s with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, a university in Germany and the International Livestock Centre for Africa, did just that.

Lorin E. Harris and Leonard C. Kearl of USU described it as an “attempt to establish through international cooperation a world data bank on the nutritive value and use of feedstuffs.” This is a venture emblematic of the remarks of Gérald Caussé, presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the 2019 United Nations civil society conference in Salt Lake City: “Together we seek to reach across barriers and boundaries in the great work of creating a world in which we include, sustain, serve, and, more importantly, love one another.” 

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Reading about USU’s pioneering work a half century later, the clunky computer of their time now a snug mitten in the palm of my hand, I realized yet again how scholarship and imagination — and patient research — can further the core purpose of the United Nations, “the dignity and worth of the human person,” just as surely as agreements, arrangements and accommodations between nations can.

Then-Chief Judge Bruce Jenkins of the U.S. Utah Court, spoke on the organization’s 45th anniversary, in 1990, of “the bedrock human values” the United Nations symbolizes and the “quest for the peaceful enjoyment of such values in full measure by all humanity … people whose kinship of species and kinship of good will transcend the artificial political boundaries of nations.”

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Artificial or not, boundaries did limit much possible global action.

Countries were loath to let matters they saw as internal to their sovereignty admit international interest or accountability. But then, 10 years ago, they assembled in Rio de Janeiro and agreed to venture beyond their domestic borders and move collectively forward to that …read more

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