Kathleen writes on her blog about the sustainability of organic farming. Thinking about the way we farm in America says a lot about our theology. One might not think that food is tied into the way we think about God, but it inevitiably is.
The way we think about food shows how we feel about God. In America, we have a tendency to care very little about where our food comes from. We got to a store, buy some milk or cheese (or whatever we else we pastureize), and then serve it to our family. The price, for the most part (with inflation), stays about the same, but we don’t understand how or why.
We don’t know the farmer who raised the cow. We don’t know the “milkman” (now nothing more than a truck driver) who picks up the milk and takes it to “pasture,” we don’t know the man who pasturizes the milk, we don’t know the (wo?)man who drives the milk to the stores, we don’t konw the owners of the store, we don’t know the stock boys(girls?) who put it on the shelf, and we don’t know the person who rings up the register.
Is there a way to change this?
A more central question, is there a need(reason?) to change this?
Your thoughts would be appreciated.