No matter who you are or where you live, it is probably safe to assume that at least part of your life is centered around food each and every day. In fact, according to a study published by the USDA, Americans ages 15 and up spend about an hour and a half each day eating, 67 minutes of which the eating is described as the “primary activity.” This means that over a period of 10 years, the average American will have spent the equivalent of 229 days of his or her life engaged with food.
We need food to survive; so why wouldn’t we, as Unitarian Universalists, spend a little time finding out a little more about that which sustains us?
Where does your food come from?
Whether you are an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan or raw foodist, your food comes from somewhere. Get the conversation started in your home by trying some of these ideas:
- Visit a local farmers market, farm, or community garden. Find out about what it takes to grow and raise the food that you eat, and consider buying more of your food from these sources.
- Start a garden or participate in community garden efforts. Witness the life cycle of your food!
Incorporate mealtime prayers/ meditations
- Mealtime can be a great time to recognize all that goes into the food we eat. Light a chalice for all that are connected to your meal; from the workers who picked the beans to the power of our earth to grow and sustain life.
- There are many amazing documentaries about food; learn more as a family by watching a documentary or reading a book together.
- Of course, the UUA also has you covered; check out their excellent study guide on Ethical Eating.