'Mindful and faithful' eating resolution recommended for approval by General Synod 28
Written by Gregg Brekke
July 3, 2011
The committee charged with
considering "A Resolution for Mindful and Faithful Eating" recommended on
Sunday morning that General Synod 28 delegates approve the measure when it
comes to the floor for a vote this week.
The resolution, submitted by
the Southern California-Nevada Conference, evaluates ways in which our dietary
choices can have profound implications on the environment, as well as on human
well-being and animal welfare. Encouraging Christians to explore and discuss
how food choices can accord Chistian values and beliefs, the resolution calls
for development and utilization of an education curriculum addressing issues
related to food choices.
“Based on the feedback I
received from those who participated, I think it went well,” said committee
chairperson Keith Scott of the Illinois Conference. “We made it possible for
everybody to be heard, put them at ease and made them feel comfortable. The
honesty and respect that I stressed at the beginning really came out from them,
and I appreciate that.”
Previous GS actions have
expressed concern for God’s creation and called for responsible stewardship (“A
Perspective on Christian Life Style and Ecology,” 10th GS, 1975; “Integrity of Creation,
Justice and Peace Proposed Priority, 17th GS, 1989; “Global Warming,” 22nd GS, 1999; and
“A Resolution on Climate Change,” 26th GS, 2007); for the rights of workers (“A Resolution on
Worker Justice at Smithfield,” 26th GS, 2007); and for the humane treatment of animals
(“Respect for Animals,” 19th GS, 1993).
The resolution points out that dietary
choices reflect many of these social, environmental and economic justice issues.
Modern intensive farming is a leading cause of land, water and energy
consumption; worldwide, animal agriculture contributes more to global warming
(18 percent of greenhouse gases) than all forms of transportation combined (14
The committee considered
whether animal and human welfare issues are intricately linked in numerous
other ways, such as pollution problems caused by CAFOs, particularly in Iowa
and North Carolina; bacterial resistance to antibiotics caused by the routine
feeding of antibiotics to animals;
“Mad Cow Disease,” bird flu and other human health risks associated with
intensive animal agricultural practices; a wide range of medical disorders
linked to the typical American diet, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes,
arthritis and certain cancers; and the negative impact of CAFOs on small family
Because people have a variety
of nutritional needs, financial situations and degrees of access to food, the
resolution recognizes that a mindful and faithful diet for one person at one
location might vary significantly for someone at another location.
Justice and Witness
Ministries is requested to implement this resolution.