If you went to the UUA’s General Assembly in Charlotte, NC last year you may have been present for (or watched via live-streaming) the heart-felt debate and vote for the 2011 Statement on Conscious Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice.
If you’re involved in Unitarian Universalist Association issues you may have been aware of th3 2008-2012 Congregational Study Action Issue: Ethical Eating.
If you’ve been in the market for food you may have seen an increase in “CSAs,” “farmers markets,” “organic gardens,” “community gardens,” “sustainable gardens” etc.
If you’ve been to a store you may have noticed the increase of “sustainable,” “organic,” “green,” “natural,” “GMO-free,” etc products.
Or maybe you’ve just recognized that people are talking about food a lot more today than they were say 10-20 years ago. Saturday, the New York Times published the article “The Myth of Sustainable Meat.”
So the topic of food seems to be everywhere. Yes, we eat everyday, and I’d contend that most of people in the middle-to-upper class in the USA did little thinking about how the food they ate everyday affected others. Climate Change is impacting our planet’s ability to produce food and there are a whole other list of issues that are impacting the World’s Food Economy.
Rev. Peter Morales, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s President, has appointed a President’s Advisory Council on Ethical Eating. This appointment demonstrates a commitment on the part of the UUA to follow-through with the SOC: Ethical Eating. I highly encourage folks to check out the Ethical Eating website on UUA.org to learn more about the community the that is flowing from this creation and our continued dedication to this important subject.
If you’ve exhausted the resources on the Ethical Eating website and want to bring the subject back to your congregation you may want to investigate using one of the Nortwest Earth Institute‘s discussion courses: Hungry for Change and Menu for the Future. While Hungry for Change is a newer curriculum, Menu for the Future has been used over the past several years by many UU congregations. These curricula are helpful in educating people to thoughtfully about Ethical Eating.
This year Earth Day falls on Sunday, April 22nd. If your congregation is planning on celebrating Earth Day please consider reporting your community’s action to the UU Ministry for Earth