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Eating Ethically & Spiritually

August 11, 2010

Here’s a piece produced by PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly on the ethics of produce and meat shopping.

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Nowadays, we all know that to be good stewards of God’s creation, we’re supposed to buy organic and locally grown foods, we’re supposed to bring our own re-usable bags to the store, and we should avoid products packaged in styrofoam and plastic. But all that takes extra time, effort and money–which many of us don’t feel we have.

On the other hand, says cookbook author, Mary Jo McMillin:

Going to the garden is part of a spiritual practice for me. I use that time to think about what I’m thankful for, and to try to remember people in my past that I’m thankful for, and my family that surrounds me now. It’s just my daily meditation. I feel I’m in a place where things are really alive and growing. We’re all so busy, adding extra hours to our fitness routine, adding an extra hour to our e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook, whatever. But maybe we need really to sometimes add that extra hour to what we’re ingesting, what we’re feeding ourselves.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2010 6:20 pm

    Thank-you for sharing Mary Jo McMillin’s observation that there might be, at least, one more hour in a day to consider feeding ourselves. Makes me realize I grow fat(ter) and lazier, yet also question buying local when the organic blueberry farm (local) is located under flight path of a major airport. Life’s ironies. Thanks for post.

  2. Murray permalink
    August 12, 2010 5:58 am

    I’ve seen far too many people that have become so fervent and preoccupied about this as to have turned it into a form of idolatry.

    The following Scripture comes to mind, perhaps as a way of injecting some balance into the conversation. I believe verse 17 is particularly instructive as we consider the matter of food choices.

    14 I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who serves Christ in these thingsis acceptable to God and approved by men.

    19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense. 21 It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. 22 Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. (Romans 14:14-23)

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