Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Pastor Amy just wrote a blog on eating locally produced food.... something I am hoping to do more of. There are some good suggestions.

Here is another link for an organization called Free Rice, which involves three things I love: rice, vocabulary and providing food for people in poverty! Take a vocab quiz and for every right answer, the organization donates 10 grains of rice.

I am planning a list of suggestions for socially-conscious Christmas shopping... as soon as I have time to put it together.

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Blogger B said...

I agree that local farms and agriculture should be supported, especially via things like farmers' markets, but I'm not sure that eating locally is a sustainable model for a highly urbanized society. I think the size of the population alone drives the food market toward large, centralized places of distribution. So while it can work for small, individual communities, I don't see it working for society as a whole. If everyone in the Baltimore area bought only locally produced food, farms would probably be overwhelmed and prices would be sky-high...

I definitely think eating organic food, meat from free-range animals, etc., is a great idea for everyone, though. (Or not eating meat in general, but I don't expect that to happen anytime soon. ;) )

10:33 PM  
Blogger Megan Methodist said...

Yeah, I think when possible its a good idea to eat locally, or at least regionally.

Plus, the whole idea of importing so much from other countries bothers me because of the environmental impact, but also because there are countries where people can't afford food because its all being exported.

I have been reading about the impact in 1st Century Palestine of Rome extorting food from subject peoples just to feed the population of Rome. I also read some last semester about how if we ate less meat the world would be a better place. Its all so complicated.

12:42 AM  
Blogger B said...

Yeah, there's a lot of parallels you could draw between the U.S. and the Roman Empire, which is always disturbing. ;) But, as Eddie Izzard points out, we may have "orgies and vomitariums to look forward to."

I personally think not eating meat is a spiritual ideal, but I think also the sheer fact that there's more than 6 billion people on the planet now makes the amount of meat that has to be produced (number of animals killed, methods of slaughter, etc.) pretty inhumane at this point -- although I also think groups like PETA sometimes go off the deep end. :P'

Thanks for the food for thought! Pun intended!!

10:07 AM  

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