Ayres on Good Food

“A quest for ‘good food’ cannot be built solely on aesthetic or cultural grounds, particularly for people of faith. To call food good demands a moral analysis of how food is produced, distributed and consumed in society. Otherwise, the ideal of good food is reserved for the farmers market set, a snobbish exercise of privileged self-expression.” 

“The quest for good food requires moral attention to farmers and labourers who struggle to forge a sustainable and meaningful life in an increasingly industrialised food system. It requires attention, likewise, to the poor in rural and urban communities who struggle to find food at an affordable price. It is a broad social and environmental movement that addresses the needs of the poor, the labourer, and the earth. This is good food.” 

Jennifer R. Ayres, Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press. 2013, 3.

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