Public lecture "Food for Body and Soul" at U of T this Monday 7 pm
This is an ecumenical event about -- what else? -- food! Jim Profit, a social justice activist, is the guest speaker. I will go and report back. There is also a Toronto Reference Library lecture at the same time with Mark McEwan, but I already saw him at the U of T food panel discussion 3 years ago (along with Bonnie Stern, Marion Kane, and Yannick Bigourdan) and Mark only proved how wealthy and elitist he is. I think it's good for me as a 'hound to learn about food from a justice perspective!
It was a delightful evening. They served only organic and/or locally-grown snacks, desserts, and fair trade drinks. The speaker, Jim Profit, a Jesuit priest, touched on several topics in a broad ecumenical way (although there were a few quotes such as "If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation" by Pope Benedict). He started by posing the questions, "Has eating ever been a spiritual experience?" and "Has your church-going ever been a spiritual experience of food?" His talk was divided into sections:
1. The spiritual connection to earth/land - think of a place that brings peace/soul/home "How do you experience the sacred through creation?"
2. World Religions and food -- feasts and fasts
3. Our dysfunctional relationship with food - the "green revolution" which resulted in industrial agriculture (loss of gene pool) and industrial eaters (victims); we need wisdom to match power; food crises are moral crises.
4. Hope - based on regenerative power of earth, the resurrection experience of spring, life through death (compost heap) - "be joyful though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection"
5. Food and Hope: Communion - intragenerational solidarity
6. Action - eating as a spiritual practice (mindfulness/gratitude of where and how the food was grown/produced), the family meal, eating with the seasons (experience the fasting of winter), eating local, eating justly (fair trade), gardening and community gardens, community shared agriculture
The talk was co-sponsored by Development & Peace who are doing a food sovereignty campaign: http://www.devp.org/devpme/eng/educat...
For me, it took the whole trendy 100-mile diet to a much deeper level of personal connection.