For most of us it will be easy to imagine the benefits that will come from eating better. We may imagine losing weight and feeling better, we may imagine becoming healthy enough to no longer need as many medications, and we may imagine longer, more fulfilling lives for ourselves and our families. Of course these are all excellent reasons for choosing to eat a healthier diet. But the Wesleyan vision is grander than that.
Imagine a world in which all of humanity eats only ethically-produced nutritious food, in moderation. In such a world there would be less sickness, less disease, no gluttony, and a population living long, healthy lives. Farm animals would be raised naturally and compassionately, being afforded the respect they deserve as beloved creatures of God. There would be no exploitation of farm workers and farmers. The land would be treated gently and respectfully, with farming practices that ensure a sustainable, resilient, regenerative future. There would be robust and vibrant community-based food economies.
In such a world, the food system would be a part of God’s renewal and restoration of creation, rather than an impediment to it.
May it be so.
Let our next meal, and all those that follow it, be a part of bringing that vision to reality.
From Organic Wesley