Ethical Eating and Food Justice
Our website section, Earth Day 2010, is all about Ethical Eating and Food Justice—a lot of great new information gathered here for you to explore and use.
This topic was presented and adopted as a Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) at the 2008 General Assembly in Ft. Lauderdale. The CSAI Core Team, led by Rev. John Gibb Millspaugh, published a comprehensive Resource Guide and a Worship Resources Supplement for congregations to use in exploring the hidden ways our food choices impact our communities and our world. As stated in the Guide, “Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice is personal in nature – involving our free choices of what we put in our own bodies – and global in reach – with implications for ecosystems, human hunger, social inequity, animal welfare, and climate change.” The Ethical Eating CSAI was an invitation for congregations and districts to take this topic and confront it, reflect on it, learn about it, respond to it, comment on it, and take action—each in their own way.
Following the passage of the Statement of Conscience on Ethical Eating at General Assembly 2011, the Ethical Eating Core Team along with some new members was appointed as the UUA President's Advisory Committee on Ethical Eating. Check out the new Ethical Eating website, which contains much of the information in the original Ethical Eating Study Guide and Worship Resources Supplement used by congregations during the CSAI phase.
Included on the website are materials for the annual 40/40 campaign: http://ethicaleating.uua.org/40-40-campaign with suggestions for food related actions for the 40 days starting May 5, 2013. In 2013, PACE (THE president's Advisory Committee on Ethical Eating) joins foices with UUSC to focus on environmental justice and food workers' rights. To honor these workers the kick-off of the compaign is May 1, International Workers Day.
The Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) has two excellent discussion courses to support congregations in their ethical eating activities. Menu for the Future and Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics and Sustainability both include many resources and ideas for action projects.