The Ethics of Eating

I love food.  Of course, who doesn’t?  But I wonder how often we really consider what we are eating – or how we got it?

Enter Barbara Kingsolver, author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. In her book, Kingsolver describes the year her family ate primarily what they could grow themselves.

“I think in our culture, we generally lack strong regional traditions of food that tie us to our place and our people, you know, specific food traditions as they have in Italy, for example, or in India or Mexico or — We seem to be a little at sea in this country, as a result, when it comes to food rules. And we’re behaving as if we’re in search of some kind of food Leviticus to save us from this sinful roil of cheap fats and carbohydrates.”

“It seems to me, in this country, we have yet to assign any moral value to the over-consumption of the world’s limited resources.  It seems like if you can afford it, it’s OK to use it. That seems to be the only rule. There are many, many paths toward finding a better and more sustainable way to live in the world.”


Credits: Tippett, Krista. “The Ethics of Eating.” On Being. American Public Media, July 3, 2008.


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