Do we have Food Freedom?

Posted: July 11, 2011 in Freedoms
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What is Food Freedom? My definition of food freedom is the right to Biblically steward (or manage), choose, buy, own, sell, and grow your own food that is healthy for you and those around you. Other people may have different definitions, but that is mine.

So, do we have Food Freedom in the United States of America? Let us look at some modern stories and statistics:

Read this link about “What is Food”: http://www.foodandfinancialfreedom.com/p/what-is-food.html (Think you know the answer… guess again.)

This link http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/us_hunger_facts.htm as an article on Hunger in America; it is a 2011 article. I encourage you to read it in full, it talks about what hunger and poverty is, how they can be caused and different groups that are trying to end them.

One of their stats is as follows: “In 2008, 17 million households, 14.6 percent of households (approximately one in seven), were food insecure, the highest number ever recorded in the United States. Four million households became food insecure in 2008, the largest increase ever recorded (p. iii, USDA 2008). (To get population figures from family size figures, multiply family size numbers by 2.58, the average family size.)”

One of the ways that this can happen is with higher food prices. High food prices happen in relation to famines, droughts, amount of food grown (surplus verses shortage), wars, bad weather, etc. See this story about the average food prices of today: http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2011-03-17-food-costs-world-hunger.htm

But yet in California the food intake for adults has risen over the past three decades: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21233058

How in the world does this happen in the USA who has always encouraged living the “American Dream”? How can one live the “American Dream” with this type of food crises?

Some people say that worldwide hunger is caused by to many people in the world and therefore they encourage wars, euthanasia, abortions and the like. But that is just not so. God has given us Stewardship responsibilities before and after the fall of Adam (See Genesis 1:26-31; 2:15, 18-20; 3:17-19; 9:1-17).

We are very poor stewards of food. Read this article, for example, about how in the modern age people are putting man-made hormones into foods: http://www.copperwiki.org/index.php/Growth_Hormones_in_Food

Buying food at stores like Sam’s Club, Kroger, Food Lion, Walmart, etc etc etc etc… can be really hard because of the changing prices. Like I said above, the prices of food are caused by many different things, so it is not always the stores’ fault. But still, one trip to the food store and you many use over $100 for the next three days worth of food. For more information go here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/food-prices-push-shop-inflation-up-2307691.html

(I encourage you to buy at local markets, farmer’s market, and family businesses that sell food because at least you can be reassured where and how the food grows.)

Choosing food usaully depends on a lot of things, such as where you buy it, what you need, how much money you have, and the stores prices. You might go to a store needing twenty items and only come out with ten cause you used all your money, even though you picked the “cheaper” items. In most food stores the “all natural” or “from nature” foods are around the perimeter of the store and all the processed foods are in the center. Most stores price health food higher. Why? One reason is because the junk food is easier to make and there is more demand for junk food. (See: http://www.well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/12/05/a-high-price-for-healthy-food/ )

Selling food is hard (unless its at a farmer’s market) because you need a license from the government to do so. (If you need a licence or want to see all the different kinds you would need, go here:  http://www.cdph.ca.gov/CERTLIC/MANFPROCDISTRIB/Pages/Food.aspx )

Growing food is hard depending on where you live and how much you want to grow. In cities you can grow ing your background, directly in ground or in pots. In country and rural areas you can grow anywhere you want. The only “problem” with growing your own food is it takes time and maybe a lot of weeding. But in the end, at harvest time, your food will taste amazing because you know where it comes from and you can say that you grew it. Once you grow the food you own it. But what if the government said you can not grow food anymore? Read this: http://www.rense.com/general91/dehe.htm

I have described the main points of my definition above. Now to recap…

(The right to Biblically steward (manage), choose, buy, own, sell, and grow your own food that is healthy for you and those around you.)

Do we have…

Biblical management and stewardship of food in the USA? No, I do not believe so.

A free choice of food in the USA? I do not believe we have anymore because it all depends on what, where, how much, supply and demand, where we live, etc,. To much is depended on to say that the choices of food are free.

A free choice to buy food in the USA? Similar to the last answer; I do not believe we have anymore because it all depends on the prices, supply and demand. Plus buying anything is not free, obviously.

A free choice to sell food? Yes and No; Yes if you go through farmer’s markets, but no if you want to go into the business because you need to go through the government to get licences to do so. Then you most likely will be taxed later on.

A free choice to grow your own food? Yes, but maybe not for long. Yes if you have the passion, equipment and space for growing, not for long if  http://www.rense.com/general91/dehe.htm  becomes true.

A free choice to own food? Yes, but food doesn’t just walk to your door, knock, and say “Can you own me?” No, you need to work, buy, trade and or grow for it first. “If you don’t work, you can’t eat.”

So the final question… Do we have true and Biblical Food Freedom in America? I believe we do not, but you do your own research and if you think otherwise or want to add your thoughts please comment on this post or e-mail me at the upcoming e-mail address in the Contact page.

We need to and must re-focus the food industry back to God’s Biblical standards of stewardship with food. Please read how Joseph in Egypt did that in Genesis 41 and read what Jesus Christ says about eating in Matthew 6:25-26.

Praise be to the Great Physician for all Eternity!

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