The Gift of Presence
For nearly two weeks, those of us in the Saint Paul Area Synod have been blessed by the presence of ou[...]
"Food" or "nutrition"? You might wonder about the difference, but there certainly is one. We speak about people being hungry as we might feel when we’ve gone past a normal mealtime or skipped a lunch. But we speak of children being malnourished when they fail to gain weight as expected, fail to thrive, or when they suffer from diseases such as beriberi, pellegra, kwashiorkor and others. Children such as these may be the ones who are listed in the “stunted” category in many health reports.
But what about us? We who live in abundance that many in the world can only imagine? Do we pay attention to the difference for ourselves between food and nutrition? Or do we even know about some of those differences?
The Hunger Awareness and Advocacy group in my congregation has been reading together a book with the curious title, Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal by Mark Bittmann. We have learned much of the history of foodstuffs, especially here in our United States. We are finding discomforting realities about food growers, processors, manufacturers and distributors to say nothing of food advertising. We are paying better attention to our own eating as well as to the kinds of food items we consider as donations to local food shelves and feeding programs.
Here are some of the things we discovered/discussed just about grain:
Is it any wonder when we advocate for programs to end hunger both domestically and internationally we speak of "nutrition" and not simply “food”? Another reason perhaps to check your own shopping list or cupboard?