He loves documentaries and whenever he find one that is particularly informative, he tells us about it.
If I remember correctly, he may have been the first person from whom I heard about Food, Inc. which challenged our sensibilities about where our food comes from, and the whole notion of factory farming. I was now aware. I started hating Monsanto seed company with everyone else, buying organic food items, and buying my meat at a local farm, even though it was an hour drive and the meat was crazy expensive (I eventually gave this last part up, although I still try to be somewhat conscious at the store)
Then, I heard about King Corn and saw talks like this one and became all the more sure I should stay away from non-organic food purchases and try to cook more. My emphasis became “real” food and ethically grown crops.
But now, my friend sent a few of us an email about Jonathan Safron Foer’s new-ish book Eating Animals, which, as my friend said, had caused he and his wife to be “convinced by the book to drastically reduce the amount of meat we eat regardless of its origin… this book brought me to a point where I couldn’t ignore the problems with factory farming…the cognitive dissonance is too much for me to ignore anymore.”
And I thought to myself, “Crap.”
I am now under the conviction that most fruits and vegetables are grown unethically (with genetic modification, unsustainable land practices, economically irresponsible/unhealthy food subsidies, and corporate seed-patenting and such), and now it seems that the breaking point is coming to meat as well.
So, as a twenty-something without unlimited disposable income, how do I navigate this? As a Christian, I can’t ignore that the Bible talks about these things and talks about how the gospel even has implications for the flourishing of both crops and livestock. We are also to steward these things well in a way that respects that they are God’s creation. And so, I know I should care. But if I have to choose between ethical vegetable or ethical meat, what to do? How do I handle going out?
World, I want to hear your ideas. Help me.