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The Theology of Food

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.

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One thought on “The Theology of Food

  1. Good question. The farmer from the article I wrote about says no, it’s not important to have that connection. I think it is, but that’s maybe more from instinct than anything else.

    I do know that if I buy my produce at the farmers market, more of my money is going directly to the farmer than if I buy it from the supermarket — even the local, organic supermarket. And I can talk to the farmer or one of his workers, and find out that their carrots are short and fat because this variety is easier to pull out of the ground.

    And I think that if I’m conscious of the humans who are part of the food I eat, that’s closer to what God wants from us — he wants us to know and love one another.

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