Why is a Big Mac cheaper than a salad?

I promised last Sunday that I would post the picture I talked about and some references for learning more about how our food is produced and what we can do about the injustices, health and environmental issues. First, here is the graphic from the AlterNet article. There is another source article in the New York Times.


The film that I think is a “must see” is called Food, Inc., and since it was nominated for an Oscar this year, it can be found at any movie rental place. Join in the discussion after church next Sunday to see some clips and discuss them with others.

The journalist I referred to is Michael Pollan. He’s written several books, of which I’ve read one: In Defense of Food, which is an excellent treatise on the history of processed food in this country and what he’s learned about healthy eating. He is also the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food Rules, a book of aphorisms to help us navigate the mysteries of labels and packaging.

One of the most important ideas Pollan presents, IMHO, is that we are meant to be in relationship to our food — we are part of the web of life, not an opposing force. It’s really about our place in the world.  In the words of Wendell Berry, whom he quotes in his book:

Eating with the fullest pleasure — pleasure, that  is, that does not depend on ignorance — is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend.

Blessings on your food journey. I’d love to hear your stories.