Faith in Food
Faith in Food
The Alliance of Religions and Conservation project Faith in Food is about people of faith honouring their values in the food they eat. It’s about faith communities recognising that eating is a moral and spiritual act which affects all life on Earth.
And it’s about all of us creating a fairer, healthier and more sustainable food system through our daily food choices and, together, transforming the world through the food we eat – one meal at a time.
Just as we cannot talk about food without also talking about social justice and what Pope Benedict has called “the scandal of hunger” – the fact that one billion people in the world do not have enough to eat – so we also cannot discuss food without focussing on the environment.
Agriculture has a huge impact upon the environment – from the destruction of rainforests to plant crops or graze livestock; loss of biodiversity due to intensive, industrialised farming; the pollution of water courses from pesticides and fertlisers. And how we treat livestock is also a moral issue, as is whether we pay farm workers a decent price for their work and produce.
Up to 30% of an individual’s carbon footprint comes from their food – which means choosing planet-friendly food is the most important, everyday way for people to reduce their environmental impact.
Faith in Food works with the world’s major religions to help them develop policies to ensure the food they buy, grow or eat – in worship and celebration, in their schools, restaurants, retreats and conference centres – honours their beliefs about caring for creation, and is kind to the Earth rather than destroying it.
It engages the faiths’ moral leadership, purchasing power, investment portfolios and land ownership to help people rediscover ‘a right relationship’ with their food and the land it comes from. And it promotes these values to the wider faith community as being part of faith-consistent living – so that together we can start transforming the world. One meal at a time.
To learn more about Faith in Food for your own faith community, email Susie Weldon at ARC on firstname.lastname@example.org.
taken from the Alliance of Religions and Conservation website.
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We would love to hear your thoughts about food, the role that faith communities play and any tips on how to eat in a way that is sustainable to our earth.