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At the Table

Following on the heels of transportation efficiency, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) urges consumers to make food-related choices the next priority for helping to reduce the size of their ecological “footprint.”  Food is central to human survival, and often a central feature in many congregations: as a sacramental part of worship, an important dimension of fellowship, or an absolute necessity to those in need. The UCS writes:

"Food production has a pervasive impact on the environment.  About 60 percent of our country’s land area is devoted either to crops or to livestock grazing … Then there are the effects of fertilizers, pesticides, animal wastes, and erosion on water quality, not to mention … air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from energy use."

Simple Things You Can Do

  • Eat lower on the food-chain (i.e., less meat)

  • Buy organic produce

  • Support local, family farms

  • Grow some of your own food

Further Resources

Food & Faith: Justice, Joy and Daily Bread

Caring for All Creation: At the Table

Food & Farming Related Publications

Food & Farming Related Links


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