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February 26th, 2010

Food Consciousness


So I hear it’s lent time. My best friend gave up chocolate (I could never!). I was thinking about the idea of food in Judaism and how it plays such a huge role — especially around laws of kosher and holidays. More recently in the Jewish tradition, a popular movement to become vegan has developed.

Blogs such as The Jew and the Carrot and heeb ‘n’ vegan have formed a loyal following, and many Jews request vegan as opposed to kosher restaurants (because vegan eating actually is kosher).  Plus, one of my interviews at The Jew Spot Chloe Jo Berman runs an incredible site about vegan living called Girlie Girl Army.

To be honest, despite all this excitement, I never jumped on board. I did the vegetarian thing before until I found out I can’t have gluten, so meat it was. When I did it though, it was more out of experimentation than an ethical, moral reason. But now, reading up on why it’s ethically immoral to eat animals (I promised myself I wouldn’t read this but did anyway!) I’m kind of thinking us human creatures are pretty heartless when it comes to the animal world. Am I exaggerating?

Is this movement also taking place in the religious world at large? What do other religious communities say or do around the ethics of our food? Should we think more about the food we eat and serve others? Is that a religious obligation?

I’d love to hear what Busted Halo readers think about this. Comment below.

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  • Bethany

    As for what foods we should eat and serve others, I am going to say once again that God calls us to take care of the things He has made, this time being our bodies! Enjoying occasional junk food items or dessert I think is perfectly fine, but not eating healthy often is not only bad for you, it could also potentially damage you by making you sick or obese. Gluttony is a sin, so “religiously” that’s a no-go. As for veganism/knowing the origin of our foods, that’s a choice you can make for yourself. Talk to God about it, He doesn’t mnd hearing your concerns about meat. Remember that if you do go vegan, don’t pressure others about becoming a vegan. What they eat is for them to decide. Don’t let veganism be your new obsession. My vegan friend isn’t a believer and she follows her vegan ways as if she worshipped it because her whole life is built around it. God is more important than your diet.

  • Bethany

    I have a friend who’s a vegan and I’ve heard Alllllll about animal cruelty, animal rights, seen bloody pictures, etc. I myself am a vegetarian, and when I saw all those barbaric images and my friend pressuring me to “go vegan”, I had to take it to God. In the Bible, eating meat was mentioned quite a few times, and somewhere it says that some animals were put on this earthfor the purpose of human consumption. Ok, so some animals are meant to be killed then eaten, right? But what about the way they are treated beforehand? God also calls us to love one another and to take care of His creation and since animals are a part of His creation we need to take care of it, even if we are to eat it later. What PETA and other organizations will try to do is make people who eat meat feel guilty and acuse them of being “murderers”, sometimes saying animals are the same as humans! What they fail to recognize is the real issue which is animal cruelty, not eating meat. Like I said I am a vegetarian and I don’t like the way factories treat their animals before they reach the slaughter house, but remember that even though animals are a part of God’s creation and we need to love and take care of it, but animals don’t have rights and you are most certainly not a sinner when you eat meat.

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