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Let's Talk About Food

110914_stonewirzbaFresh vegetables are for sale at David Mann's farmers market in Fort Blackmore, VA. (Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl)

For as much as we talk about food-related issues on the Bread Blog, it’s surprising how little we actually talk about eating. It might please you to know that we have a good number of foodies on our staff—folks who celebrate the joy of cooking and eating as much as they advocate for a just world.

I was delighted to read an interview between Rachel Stone, a Christian food blogger, and Norman Wirzba, a research professor at Duke Divinity School. Their thoughtful conversation gets into how Christians should think about the food industry and eating, as well as the importance of having a theology of food and body. This excerpt, in particular, caught my attention:

How would you advise people who want to eat in a way that glorifies God but cannot afford healthier options, such as free-range meat?

Industrial food has been especially destructive for poor people; it makes lots of unhealthy calories available cheaply. Good eating should not be elitist. I recommend that people try to grow some of their own food. You don’t need lots of land and it’s not very expensive to do, though it takes time. I also recommend that people join community gardens and that churches start to grow food on their grounds. Some interesting studies are now being done showing that the total costs associated with healthy food are actually less than the supposedly cheap food we buy. Good food does often (but not always) cost more up front, but it is more nutritious and satisfying. It also results in fewer (often very expensive) trips to the doctor.

Indeed, with increased food insecurity and the highest recorded poverty rates in the nation since 1959how people eat and what they eat are important issues that we should all be tracking as people of faith. Read the full interview between Rachel Stone and Norman Wirzba on Her.meneutics.


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I enjoy your blog. It breaks my heart that our government and others make the cheapest food the least nutritious. As a vegan, I would love to see the poor educated on how inexpensively and healthfully people can live on a plant based diet.

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