‘Use your Loaf’ – to think logically, rationally, or with common sense; to use one’s head. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which “loaf” is short for “loaf of bread.” My Mother used this phrase a lot!
For www.greenchristian.org.uk/gc-campaigns/loaf-2 Use your LOAF means:
- Locally produced
- Organically grown
- Animal friendly
- Fairly traded
As we approach Creationtide and Harvest we must think hard and pray hard and act in the context of a fragile harvesting future – already a reality for many, and we see changing growing conditions in our own landscape.
Christ’s example, especially his shared meals and his Last Supper, shows that eating and drinking glorifies God. In 2004 at a Vatican Conference on Genetic modification Jesuit brothers from Zambia defended food’s sacredness with these words: ‘there are other and more suitable ways to feed a hungry world than adopting genetic engineering of crops. Food is not merely another economic commodity governed in its production and distribution by the laws of the market. Since it is essential to life, it is both a sacred entity and a global common good.’
As God’s representatives, responsible for the flourishing of the whole earth community, we live sustainably locally. We conduct a cosmic liturgy, as ‘the explicit voice of creation’s praise’, in the words of Pope John Paul II. We praise God best, through our food, when we know the growers, the farms, plants, animals, markets, and retailers in our locality. Living sustainably locally, with both wild and cultivated nature, especially in buying, growing, preparing, sharing, and consuming local food, is the best, most holistic way to serve God and neighbour. We’re sometimes told, by big business and their politicians, to permit TNCs (transnational corporations) to tinker with genes, seeds, soil, plants, and animals, in order to ‘feed the world’. We best feed the world, however, by encouraging local use of local food grown everywhere according to local wisdom.
Local food eliminates the climate damage of air and lorry food (and tourism) miles. Transporting one kilo of apples from New Zealand adds one kilo of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. Local food exposes the two lethal fallacies of current globalisation: 1) that industrial, ‘out of the bag’ agribusiness can continue indefinitely.