There is many different views on food and ways to thank for it. Even if some cultures/religions does not accept animal suffering, and others are fine with consuming everything, I can see that almost all religions have the same message- too much food is not good.
I only remember my self thanking Patchamama (mother nature) or God a few times for my food, its not a part of my culture anymore. But who should you thank if you dont have a God, or do we need to thank anyone? Your country, the producer, the shop or the animal… It dosn’t feel neccesary becouse in welfare countrys you don’t need to go hungry. Why bother giving the food a thought?
Becouse it feels silly to thank a God or Patchamama for mass produced, low quality meat, I rather thank a “local” producer (120km from helsinki…hmm) for the eco meat, knowing that the animal had a good life. Taste, quality and a good self-conscious
As we have taken a long step away from nature we have no conection to our food anymore (I do not mean any kind of over natural connection). Here is a few thoughts:
Following belive can not only be nonses from thousands of years.
“According to the Hindu religion, violence or pain inflicted on another living thing rebounds on you (karma).”
Muslims have a very healthy way to look on food.
“It is important to eat only when you are hungry. When you do eat, you should not eat in excess. As advised by the Prophet, one should divide his / her stomach into 3 parts – a third each for food, fluid, and respiration. Remember the hungry when you eat. One could avoid going to hell by feeding a hungry dying person or animal.”
“Recite the name of God (Allah) before eating and thank God after finishing. It is a good thing to eat by the right hand and in company. Muslims must pronounce the name of Allah on all animals while slaughtering”
Silly thought: a wealthy person buys food from a “mass production super hyper mega market” and thanks God for it… According to the bible its a sin to eat to much, and we can se the resault of not following this old rules today: fetma&illness to not talk about the environmental problems becouse overconsuming.
|“For most Christians, eating habits are not affected- though some will be vegetarians, usually for moral reason, and some will refrain from eating meat on Fridays. Some sects, for instance Mormons, have many rules and restrictions regarding eating and drinking, for sample complete abstinence from tea, coffee and alcohol and an emphasis on wholesome eating.”|
“Bless us Oh Lord and these thy gifts which we are about to receive through thy bounty through Christ Our Lord, Amen”
This might feel wrong for animal loving people in our culture, but I dont see this ritual coming even close to the horror of mass production we have. Still, these people have to respect the sourse of food, and they dont drink the blood for fun, they want the nutrition.
“The Maasai men who perform this blood-draining ritual do not intend to kill, or even harm, the animal. They merely want some of its nourishing crimson fluid to drink.”
I will not yet dance around the food :)
These babys seem to be very happy about the fresh food!
What can you do to show respect for a dead animal that you are about to eat?
My answer to the last question is: never throw away food-especially not meat. Buy meat from a farm where the animals are respected.