How does your church eat?

Eating begins with shopping – or really, growing (and some churches do have gardens, to their credit). When we shop for the church, do we consider where the food is coming from, how it was raised, how its cultivation impacted the earth and the farmers? Do we think about the people who might be enslaved to pick produce, or despite doing all the work, receive only a tiny portion of the price we pay for coffee? Do we know what legislation affects people who work in agriculture, and do we advocate on behalf of the powerless and put-upon? There are safeguards in place: fair trade organizations, rainforest certification, humane certification, and organic laws which specify some quality conditions for animals and people and protect the environment. These are easy shortcuts to help us consider more than the price tag when buying our food. Continue reading