Your Approaches to Eating

Many of us are asking new questions about the food we eat: "Where does it come from?" "Is it nourishing in body and in spirit?" "Are my choices helping others?" Read fellow listeners' approaches and share your perspectives and experiences on the ethics of eating.

Watkins Ellerson Hadensville, Virginia Watkins Ellerson

The Dilemma of a BBQ Judge
» Watkins faces a test of eating pork and loving pigs (mp3, 4:30)
"I have been a BBQ judge for over 10 years and a meat-eater all my 60 years; however, I am beginning to get qualms about eating meat, which I eat much less often than I used to. Primarily my considerations have to do with health, but I also have concerns about the torture and death of live animals which is beginning to bother me."

Victor Morris New York, New York Victor Morris

Personal Choices
"Sustainability and fair trade are the most important things to me. I cringe when I hear about people who only want pure things (organic food) to go into their bodies. We don't see the effects here in the USA because our waste stream often ends in majority world countries."

Valerie Hess Boulder, Colorado Valerie Hess

A Lifelong Process
"I used to think that there was little to no connection between my faith and how I ate (and ultimately treated my body). I've grown to realize that was wrong."

Cara Ullrich St. Paul, Minnesota Cara Ullrich

Neither Created or Destroyed
"With every breath I take and meal I eat, I change, slightly, the makeup of that which I understand as my Self."

Jane Hunter Washington, DC A bountiful patio

Corporate Power
"I believe we should be as concerned with corporate behavior that pollutes our bodies the same way we are concerned with corporate behavior that poisons our environment."

Catherine Rogers Jonsson Lidkoping, Sweden Catherine Rogers Jonsson

An Expatriate's Changing Outlook on Food
» Catherine tells her story of eating differently (mp3, 3:52)
"As an obese person, my relationship with food is ambivalent. I need the nurturance and health from food, yet have no idea how to regulate the intake — even after being on more diets than I can remember. It's a paradoxical relationship. The only time I feel good about eating is when I say my grandmother's blessing before I eat. This happens all too infrequently."

Anne Steen Rutherfordton, North Carolina Anne Steen

A Lifelong Process
"This has been a life-long process for me and no one should pass judgment on people who choose to eat meat or a different kind of diet. Everyone does this according to what they have learned and lived and what they have come to believe (if they give it any thought)."

Helen Johnson Ardmore, Pennsylvania Helen Johnson

"Imagine: a summer of salads from farmers' markets vine ripened tomatoes fresh dug scallions clean washed mesclun —succulent fare"

Carolion Grailbear Yellow Springs, Ohio Carolion Grailbear

Direct Communication
"I choose foods which assist my self-healing abilities and assist my spiritual growth. I choose foods which I can make and bless and feed to others in a heart-filled way, knowing this food will assist them in many ways. And sometimes God, in the form of food, chooses me."

Lori Eldredge Concord, New Hampshire Lori Eldredge

A Fisherman's Daughter Eats "Trash" Fish
» Lori recounts her habits borne out of necessity (mp3, 4:36)
"Believing in the stewardship of all creation I try to choose locally grown foods: farm and ocean. I was raised on Cape Cod in a fishing family so our meals were often the "catch of the day." I now try to use under-utilized species so that the well harvested species (especially in the ocean) have an opportunity to restock."

Lisa Heldke St. Peter, Minnesota Lisa Heldke

A Source of Meaning and Value
"Our eating inevitably involves us in the lives of people, animals, plants, and the soil. We cannot opt out, nor can we exercise full control over all these connections. But rather than seeing this as a burden, I suggest that we see it as one of the most significant opportunities with which we are presented."

Christine Gutleben Washington, DC Christine Gutleben

Potential for Divine Meaning and Purpose
"…my everyday reality has the potential for divine meaning and purpose. While I believe there is spiritual potential in everything we do, I am especially aware of a divine presence in all things involving food and meals. For me, food has tremendous spiritual importance: it brings people together, allows human beings to feel satisfied and comfortable, connects us with the earth, provides us with health, and is basic for life."

Veronica Joy Klepadlo Simi Valley, California Veronica Joy Klepadlo

We Must Be Wise In Our Choices
"I believe that every choice that we make, whether the job we chose or the meal we eat should be affected by our faith. God desires us to seek Him in all the areas of our life. Whether big or small, He is interested."

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is a novelist and author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.