The road to ethical eating
With the growing awareness of intensive modern agriculture and its
destructiveness to the environment, our health and farmed animals,
people are forced to face the fact that what they eat matters greatly.
At grocery stores, we are presented with products that are labeled
“free-range”, “organic”, “grass-fed” as well as locally grown vs.
shipped over long distances. It’s not very easy to take into account so
many variables such as: Is it good for the environment? What about my
health? Is animal suffering involved? And my budget?
Michael Pollan, writer of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" (Penguin Press,
2006), believes people should set priorities and make decisions based on
them. In Pollan’s case, animal suffering is his first priority, followed
by environmental impact and lastly labor involved (i.e. child slavery,
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For us, Christian Vegetarians, honoring God is our priority by
following the teachings of Jesus. We can enjoy a healthy plant-based
diet that has the least environmental impact as possible and the least
animal suffering involved. We do have to make it our business to find
out where our food comes from and if the workers involved in producing
it earn a fair wage and are treated according to labor laws. The more
people adhering to these precepts, the better the world will be for the
generations to come and the more glory to God.
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