Importance of Natural Resources

Norman Wirzba of Duke, on Ecology & Theology

Having eaten in certain sorts of
ways for a long time, it’s hard to get out of those patterns. There’s also so much
pressure to eat in the ways
that our culture does… because it’s convenient,
it’s cheap, you can get loads of it,
even though it’s bad for us. It’s bad for the world
in which we live. A lot of our fruit and vegetable
production depends upon abuse: abuse of soil, abuse of water,
abuse of migrant workers who are harvesting all this, so
we can have it real cheap. So I don’t tend to go into a
potluck situation, and judge the food about whether
or not it’s all been raised in a sustainable way, or
organically, or if it’s local. But like so much else,
it’s a journey. And what I’m hoping is is that
I can be teaching students who will then go into churches,
who will have this on their
radar screen. And knowing something about food
systems, knowing something about maybe what God desires for
our eating to look like, we can make the changes, the
incremental, small changes. So eventually, you’ll find
communities making the shifts toward food that, I
think, honors God more. And that we might also see
then the eating we do
together to honor God more, to be informed of what I call a
Eucharistic table manners. Because I think the Eucharist
is where Christians really learn about what it is to eat
together in a responsible
God-honoring way.

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