Food is essential to life, and today’s food systems are designed to grow and deliver this food to us efficiently. Yet, the world’s food systems are in great trouble. With inefficiencies, overconsumption, food waste, climate change and more impacting their success, parallel events at the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions sought to offer insight and wisdom from the faith-based perspective.
At “Sowing the Seeds for Catalytic Transformations: Faith Consultation on Food Systems,” Ven. De Cheng from the Jing Si Abode explained that intrinsic spiritual values naturally coincide with more sustainable food systems practices:
“The perspective of Buddhism is that all creatures are equal. Every animal and plant has the right to live freely and naturally on this land, reminding everyone to consider whether meat is necessary in their lives.”
Yet, at “Transforming Food Systems with Spiritual Values,” Blair Nelsen (WaterSpirit Ministry) pointed out that we need not wait for big groups to bring change to food systems:
“All of us eat, all of us are enmeshed in food systems, and all of us have a responsibility for changing things and making them more moral and equitable.”
Keep watching our latest video* and see more from the 2023 PoWR at https://tzuchi.us/parliament-world-religions.
*Also featuring Bruce Knotts (Citizens for Global Solutions), Kelly Moltzen (Interfaith Public Health Network), Asma Ahad (IFANCA), Maurice Bloem (Church World Service), Emily Echevarria (Parliament of the World’s Religions), Steve Chiu (Tzu Chi USA), Lynnaia Main (The Episcopal Church), Beth Blissman (Loretto Community), and Alex Tan (Tzu Chi University).