Does what you eat really matter? Duke professor Norman Wirzba thinks so. He explains, “The cheap food that we enjoy comes with a very heavy price—for the farmers, for the migrant workers, for the fields, the waters, the animals. Everybody’s paying it, except us.” Wirzba believes that the way Christians eat is, at its heart, a matter of justice.
Did you know that 300 million palm leaves are used each year in the U.S. for Palm Sunday services and other uses? When they’re produced and distributed justly, they’re called “Eco Palms.” We’re proud to be part of a partnership, with other denominations and organizations that builds sustainable forestry and increases the standard of living for eco palm harvesters in Guatemala and Mexico.
We know that healing and protecting the earth’s resources won’t be accomplished in one day. That’s why we’re promoting and implementing a range of effective ways that United Methodists can contribute to the effort. Children are creating rooftop gardens. Urban communities are gathering and recycling tires. And Matthew Sleeth is inspiring a lot of us. We believe that all of creation is God’s, and we’re committed to preserving it.