“Social and Environmental Impacts of Everyday Food Choices” in Simpler Living, Compassionate Life

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In this section (Social and Environmental Impacts of Everyday Food Choices): “The Pleasures of Eating by Wendell Berry (105-109); “The Great Hunter-Gatherer Continuum” by James T. Mulligan (110-116)

Berry begins this section by arguing that eating is an agricultural act that we, as consumers, have been disconnected from. The industrial economy has demanded higher quantities for lower cost and has left quality in product and experience behind. In this disconnection we also eat rushed food and lose not only the pleasure of eating but the pleasure of cooking.

The conclusion of this essay will be welcome for those who have been reading this work and appreciating the theoretical arguments, but wanting examples of action they can take. Berry gives seven suggestions for ways that readers can make their eating more responsible and enjoyable. Mulligan then places all the ways in which we gather food on a continuum from the most culturally normative to the most earth friendly. He argues for a move to the earth friendly side of the spectrum, buying from farmers markets and gardening, whenever possible. Both authors introduce accessible changes that readers can make to take a step away from cultural over-consumption and toward a more simple, earth friendly lifestyle.

Liturgical Gardening

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This resource from Godspace offers liturgy related to creation and gardening. The author, Christine Sine, said “ The sense of God’s presence with me as I read the liturgy was astounding for me. It made me realize how disconnected my spiritual practices usually are from my everyday life and how much more intimate my relationship with God can become when I connect my prayers to my daily activities.” She read the sample after gardening for a few hours. To read the entire resource, click here.

Creating a Faith Based Community Garden

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Godspace believes that community gardens are not just a place to grow food, but a way to express your faith and interact with God and His creation. Christine Sine, the creator of Godspace, wrote To Garden with God, a book of reflections and resources for those who want to make connections between gardening and faith. This free booklet is a spin-off resource and is meant to provide an updated list of new resources and techniques on gardening. To download this booklet, click here.

Getting Ready for Earth Day

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Godspace has created a list of resources that are helpful when preparing for Earth Day. There is a list of books related to creation and gardening, garden liturgy, and other web pages that contain Earth Day resources related to different faiths and spirituality. Click here to read the full list.

EcoSikh Seed Plan

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The EcoSikh Seed Plan is 5 year plan to cultivate practices, inspire on-the-ground action, address issues all communities face, and celebrate the ways in which being Sikh is being green. To read the entire Seed Plan, click here.