This is the second and last post inspired through ‘Our Daily Bread’, a documentary by the Austrian film maker ..., about contemporary food industry.
As I watch, I feel powerless. This industrial complex is too huge to fight. And where should one start? It’s so hard to change habits. Moreover, changing consumer patterns takes discipline, perseverance and will probably cost quite a bit. The more you think about it, the more ways there seem to be to do ‘wrong’. (Some hold that if the whole world would switch to ecologically grown food we would need to cut down all forests and more, because the yield per area is lower.) And if we’d individually succeed to consume responsibly, it would still not substantially change a whole industrial complex. It’s like David against Goliath.
(And yet, I do believe that a little shepherd boy can defeat a giant. In the Bible, it seems like God often chooses the little guy to defeat unruly systems, which is very encouraging to me.)
I believe that Christians are not only called for a life hereafter, but for a life here and now, a redeeming life. One of my goals (call it a ‘New Year’s Resolution’ if you want) is to find out how I should adopt a more responsible lifestyle as a follower of Christ, which includes such fundamental things as food and drink.