THE harvest festival season is more or less over and many of us have taken time to appreciate all that we have and those who on a daily basis work to bring food from field to fork and to give thanks to God for his provision for us.
We are richly blessed in this country to have an abundance of produce and a variety of foods to offer a balanced and healthy diet.
However we know that many families across our nation and in this town are thankful for the support of food from foodbanks as the economic situation takes its toll on families, the unemployed and older people too.
I read recently an article in the Derby cathedral magazine which suggested that “governments the world over have two major concerns... Food security and fuel security.”
We are know that fuel costs are set to rise and that heating and travel costs for the consumer will reflect this.
Food production is also dependent on fuel too and as the global population increases so ensuring increase in food production becomes a vital part of the process.
We now import fuel to supplement the oil and gas that we have access too in the North Sea and those responsible for food production look for alternative and new ways of farming to increase production; GM food, factory farming and intensive growing and feeding methods all of which have consequences for us and our future.
The challenge, I guess, for us all, is to live responsibly and carefully.
I am sure that even little things have a collective impact so shopping locally and turning the heat down a little will make a difference.
One of the five marks of mission of the church (people not buildings!), and the one that is often most forgotten is “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”
I hope that we might together work for all that makes a contribution to that goal.