The six units in the curriculum are:
- Sharing Food as Sacramental
- Nurturing the Body
- Food and the Environment
- Creating Community with Food
- Responding to God's Call
Over the past couple months in particular I've found myself thinking about the intersection of food with justice. I was pleased to see that Yum! Brands, the largest chain of restaurants in the world, has adopted a Supplier Code of Conduct, which will require all of its U.S. suppliers to be able to verify their compliance with a number of socially responsible practices. This Code is in addition to specific policies of Yum!'s subsidiary Taco Bell, who is requiring their Florida tomato growers to pass through an additional penny a pound for tomatoes to the migrant workers who pick them. Policies such as this can set a standard for others in the industry.
Tuesday night at the Meal and Ministry, one of the children present asked who made the food we were eating. I started to take the credit, but quickly had to admit that someone else harvested the grain, someone else ground it into flour, someone else made it into noodles for me to cook, etc. It is almost impossible to do so simple a thing as eat a meal without being connected to an enormous network of often forgotten people who all made the meal possible.
As I reviewed the materials in "Just Eating?" I particularly appreciated the observations that the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand took place in a setting of political oppression and likely at a time when civil unrest was reaching dangerous levels.
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File under: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), business, justice, hunger