Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Food and Eating

a program of Earth and Spirit Center:  http://www.lent45.org/

ENGLISH:  Food is sacramental.  Eating is a moral act.  Here are just a few ways that our food choices have an impact on the whole of creation:
  • Climate change:  there is a direct and critical link between climate change and the food we eat, where it is grown, and how it is packaged.
  • Animals:  how animals are raised for food prodution is a multi-layered ethical issue.
  • Fair Trade:  when we have sufficient resources to be able to buy Fair Trade products, we help to provide living wages for the workers who have produced the product.
While it is hard to change one's eating habits, it is possible to take practical steps to reduce our negative impact on the environment.  Basically it boils down to eating less meat and more food that is organic and local, i.e. doesn't have to be shipped very far.

One thing to do this week:  Shop the perimeter of the store.  Most foods in the middle aisles of supermarkets are preprocessed and packaged, less nutritional than real food and more harmful to the environment because of the materials and the process used in the packaging.


  1. I agree that it is possible to take practical steps to reduce our negative impact on the environment but at what cost? Organic products are sometimes twice as much as preprocessed and packaged items. If the cost of eating healthier and improving the environment was reduced, I am more than sure people would embrace this possibility.

  2. I do agree that we should all take practical steps to reduce our negative impact on the environment, but many people in today's society live on the "fast lane." Many do not have the time to buy healthier foods therefore, they settle for fast food restaurants. Many people are also unaware of the packaging processes and how unhealthy they are for us. Educating our society can help bring awareness, and increase the use of healthier food products.

  3. The impact on the environment caused by food transportation is quite a lot when you consider the amount of food purchased in bulk from other countries and states when out of season. Another step we can all take is to look to local organic producers for meats, fruits, and vegetable. This way we support local business growth, and don't cause nearly as much harm to the environment transporting goods to market.