by Will Green
Started the day waking up late for a football game. Not sure why, but playing football makes me not want to eat for a while. A cuppa soup sache left in my bag saw me through lunchtime and then in the evening i went for some good old beans on toast. Getting used to it all now, i think my stomach has shrunk a little as portions aren’t having to grow despite me not snacking; Something i will carry on i think.
For when our eyes are bigger than our insides and we waste food, how selfish are we? Do we shop to satisfy our consumerism? Do we regard wastage as a sin? All this represents a misuse and squandering of resources. In a warning to the rich, St James condemns greedy consumption at the expense of workers: “…you have thought only of filling your stomachs and having a good time” (James 5:5)
We could draw lessons from the feeding of the 5000 in St Johns gospel: “the people at all they wanted, and Jesus told his deciples to gather up the leftovers, so that nothing would be wasted” (James 6:12)
Could we think more about our daily shopping, plan our meals more carefully and try to buy more sustainable, fair produce? Even if substituting one item per week with local produce, it would be making a difference.