Ezekiel 34: 17-19  “As for you, my flock, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will judge between one sheep and another, and between rams and goats.  Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet? Must my flock feed on what you have trampled and drink what you have muddied with your feet?”

     Will we be held accountable for what we eat and how it is grown?   I get my food at the grocery store and I pay for it with money that I have earned honestly.  There is way more choice than when I was a kid – pineapples, bananas, oranges – all year round; radishes and salad greens in the middle of the winter!  As a child, I remember digging up our garden and hauling potatoes and carrots to the cellar.  Dad hung dozens of cabbages up on the cellar rafters.  We bought apples by the bushel and put them in the basement.  Mom made jams and jellies and pickled cucumbers and beats.  We were a family of seven and we ate what we could grow and store during the winter.  Mom and Dad went grocery shopping for things like yeast, flour, coffee, sugar, salt, some bread, meat and cereals, never salad stuff or pineapples – it wasn’t available in the winter season.  Things have changed.

     Transnational Agri-Food Companies supply the variety and bulk of our food now.  Bad things can happen when agricultural employees rather than farmers produce food;  “Industrialisation in the food industry has greatly increased the production of food calories at the expense of food quality.” (Brady et al, 2007)  Some may think (as I sometimes do); “So what – I shop and pick what is available and pay for it with my honest earned money!”  What’s wrong with with that?   The authors of the previously cited work point out;  “Consumption of starchy staples has decreased and fat consumption has increased. Consequently over the past 200 years average individual consumption of fat in Western society has increased fivefold and of refined sugars 15-fold (Lang 2004, 132). The impact of junk food on children is particularly significant. If a child drinks one sugar-sweetened soft drink of 120 kcals per day for ten years this would turn into 50 kg of excess growth (Lang 2004, 66). Unsurprisingly there has been a rise in obesity, which is not limited to industrialized countries.”  What’s wrong with the way we eat is that its making our children into fat slobs!  Its making us into fat slobs.

     Some people have huge problems with God bringing down judgement.  Usually these same people have huge problems with any kind of authority if it gets in the way of their lifestyle or their gratifications.  But when it comes to careless eating – God simply brings His judgement by leaving us to our own devices – we do this to ourselves;  “Chronic heart disease accounts for 30% of all global deaths and poor diet is a contributing factor. As diets westernize the non-communicable diseases follow.” (Ibid)  We do this to the world!  The same goes for careless consumption;  “For many walk, of whom I have told you often and now tell you even with weeping, as the enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their God is their belly, and their glory is in their shame, [they] mind earthly things.”

    So what can we do?  How can one person go against large transnational agri business?  Don’t eat so much.  Cut down on the sugar.  Look for locally grown produce.  Eat what is available in season.  Plant your own veggie garden.  Imagine how the world would change if we followed God’s word;  “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.‘ ” (Hebrews 13:5 NASB)