Food matters for personal, public, and planetary well-being
As individuals and as congregations, we recognize the need to examine the impact of our food choices and our practices and make changes that will lighten the burden we place on the world.
We also recognize that many food decisions will require us to make trade-offs between competing priorities.
These priorities include: taste, selection, price, human health, environmental protection, sustainability, adequate food supply, humane treatment of animals used for food, and fair treatment of farm and food workers.
What trade-offs are you willing to make as individuals? What trade-offs are you willing to propose your congregation to make?
I live in the country (Vermont), and we try to eat as locally as possible. It feels more important to eat locally than to worry about food being organic, maybe because there is not much large-scale chemical-based agriculture around here (other than dairy).
When I decided to go vegan, I also decided to do a deep dive into learning how to cook vegan food really really well. So to be honest, there isn't anything I miss. I even have fantastic cheese substitutes. I think the trade off I have had to make (and made it very willingly) was to cook at home much more often than I used to. I plan more now, and bring my food to work more. Maybe we could support each other by sharing some tips and tricks along that line. My husband and I both work full time so we're on the go a lot (and travel for work about 30%) so we've had to learn how to be efficient.
I'm very grateful for having been exposed to the information that has led me to this point (The China Study, Becoming Vegan, and other great books, for example, and the many videos and resources available from www.vegsource.com ).