Plant life, business and theology: Living in fellowship with plants


John Bloomer asks for a more appreciative view of plants, which were considered by ancient philosophers as the lowest form of life but provide humanity with essential life-giving benefit. John traces the development of plant theology from Dominion, where plants are solely for human use, through Stewardship, where humans care for plant life, to Fellowship, where plants and humans are seen as fellow creatures. Finally, John proposes a sacramental ethos which reconciles our human need to care for plants as fellow creatures with our human need to cultivate and eat living plants to survive.