The Feel of Food

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Somewhere along the way, we lost our connection with food.

Our connection comes only by way of the grocery store. See food. Buy food. Eat food.

We lost our connection with what’s in season.

We want apples in July, we can have them. They’ve been flown in from southern hemisphere; we consume produce picked weeks ago instead of days ago in the name of having what we want when we want it.

We have no idea who is growing the food we eat.

We have lost our connection with God’s creation.

Ellen F. Davis puts it simply in her book “Scripture, Culture and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible”:

“Holiness in Leviticus is not primarily a quality of individuals (“you” is a grammatical plural here); holiness is the character of a community observing a comprehensive pattern of life that is healthful. As we shall see, the Priestly vision of holiness emphatically includes the land, the covenanted community of creatures who prosper along with a people living in accordance with the design of creation—or, alternatively, who suffer when the intended pattern is violated.”

And aren’t we suffering?

In a Mark Bittman column in the New York Times from a couple of years ago, he stated that 90% of heart disease is lifestyle related (read: diet related). Type 2 diabetes is projected to cost us $500 billion a year by the time we hit 2020. We’re suffering physically and as a result, financially. If those two areas of your life are suffering, there’s a good chance your spiritual life is taking a hit too.

I wrote similarly last Thursday about taking something I learned at Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class and applying it to food. Again last night, he said something I think applies here.

Ramsey talks about using cash more and our debit cards less. He said when we use plastic to buy things, we don’t feel the pain of losing our money. When we use cash, the pain sensors in our brain actually go off. We become much more aware of what we’re losing.

Maybe that’s where things went wrong with what we eat. We don’t know our land, and we don’t know what goes in to growing food. To many of us, it just shows up at the grocery store and that’s good enough for us. We don’t know the difference between food grown sustainably and food grown in a way that damages God’s creation.

We lose our health and maybe most importantly to God (it’s up near the top of the list at the very least), we lose our community.

Let’s re-gain our feel of food. For the sake of our health, our community and God’s creation.

(P.S.: if you saw a post from me yesterday about “moving on” I simply published that post on the wrong blog. I’m not that smart; you heard it here first.)

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4 thoughts on “The Feel of Food

  1. savynaturalista April 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm Reply

    I agree with you, I wish I could grow a garden, but I seem to lack having a green thumb; but I do try to visit farmers markets most of the time…

    • Mandy being Mandy April 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm Reply

      I think Farmer’s markets are a great way to learn about the land in your community. I’m not much of a green thumb either but we just started a community garden at our church and it’s been fun to learn! My advice if you want to start a garden is find a friend who is a green thumb. They usually have great knowledge and love to share tips!

  2. Excellent post! I sure miss the way a real tomato tastes!

    • Mandy being Mandy April 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm Reply

      Thanks Ellie! Glad you liked the post. And yes, there are few things as delicious as a freshly picked tomato in the summer!

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