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Who Wants to Say the Blessing? Food Waste is a Big Deal

SOURCE: Ray C. Anderson Foundation


Roman Catholics have prayers for pretty much everything. Need to sell your house? We’ve got prayers for the intercession of St. Joseph for that. Lose that special piece of jewelry that belonged to your grandmother? St. Anthony is ready to help! And if you’re about to set out on a journey, the angels tend to be good protectors.

Not surprisingly, Catholics have a standard prayer before meals as well. It’s simple and direct, and it won’t let your food get cold. “Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ, our Lord, Amen.” I’ve said it before most every meal since I learned how to speak.

Prayers like these are important sentiments. They remind us to be grateful and to recognize that the food we eat is a gift. I don’t grow my own food, or process it, or package it, or transport it to market. Someone else does. I may pay for those things, but it is still appropriate that I have gratitude for the people who labor for my sustenance. And I certainly am not responsible for the miracle of sunshine and photosynthesis. Tip of the cap goes to God on that one.

I’ll admit, though, that I’m not great at preserving that spirit of thankfulness and appreciation throughout the meal. Far too often, that blessing just checks the box – I’ve said it and I can then move on to the daily task of consuming calories. And then when the meal is finished, if I’ve got anything left over and I don’t want to save it, to the trash can it goes. No big deal.

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Tweet me: Globally, we waste 1.3 billion metric tons of food yearly. @johnalanierRCAF @BiomimicryInst

Contact Info:

Valerie Bennett
Ray C. Anderson Foundation
+1 (770) 317-5858

KEYWORDS: Ethical Production and Consumption, Business & Trade, Food Waste, Ray C. Anderson Foundation

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