POLL: Do your religious beliefs influence your food choices?

Do your religious beliefs influence your food choices? 

Take our poll, and feel free to leave a comment below.

Oh, and by the way – expect to see more stories about faith and food in upcoming months. We've got a new contributor, Ariel Morrison, who's got lots of story ideas on the subject.

About Kellie Moore

Kellie Moore (formerly Kotraba) served as the editor and community manager of Columbia Faith & Values through summer 2014. Although she is originally from the West – Nevada and California – she’s now proud to call Missouri home. She currently teaches English at Fr. Tolton High School.

9 Responses to “POLL: Do your religious beliefs influence your food choices?”

  1. roy

    I believe in pizza, I believe in beer ( in moderation, and of the darker variety as I age. )
    I used to believe in cheesecake, but see that aging thing again. Not so much now.
    Venison when I can get it – turkey on the smoker. CC’s at all times, and as often as possible. MMMMMMMMMMmmmmushrooms. Black olives with mushrooms & peppers & red onions and double cheese – the vegetarian they used to call it at Shakes….

    Blueberries, strawberries, huckleberry pie. Gooseberry pie, rhubarb. MMMM.

    Just a smaller plate please.

  2. Kris Katarian

    You are making me SO hungry, Roy! Shakespeare pizza and a good beer is a religious experience of a sort!

  3. Steve Swope

    To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, food – in all its infinite and tasty variety – is a sign that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

    Although I do think humanely raised meat is preferable, and it’s a faith issue; God created all creatures, and even if they become food they ought to be treated with compassion.

    I prefer local food for a similar reason. I believe we’re called to care for the earth for the sake of future generations, and locally sourced food (thanks to all the local restaurants committed to it!) doesn’t require resource-intensive, expensive transportation.

  4. Tracy

    Yes, very much so.

  5. wrdickson

    Not in any formal way — how could it? — but I do think that the fact that I have no belief in a soul or any other distinguishing feature that separates humans from other animals has a lot to do with my vegetarianism.

  6. Davis

    Interesting, wrdickson. My belief that both humans and animals have souls has a lot to do with my vegetarianism.

  7. Kris Katarian

    A few weeks ago I watched a documentary about beef slaughter houses. The cruelty and violence to the cattle was so horrific I had to look away. Apparently big corporate farms have terrible living conditions for pigs and chickens. These things are all sickening.

    How does one know if their meat, chicken, and turkey has been treated with respect? That documentary has caused me to shove a recently-purchased pound of ground beef into the freezer, because the thought of eating it now makes me queasy.

    Short of becoming a vegetarian, I’m not sure what to eat anymore.

  8. Steve Swope

    Kris, know where your food is grown/raised, as much as possible, and how. That’s one of the benefits/blessings of using local producers, farmer’s markets, community-supported agriculture, etc.

  9. wrdickson

    Davis, as atheist vegetarians, my brother and I were pleased back in the late 1980′s that there were many religious vegetarians as well. You couldn’t buy veggie burgers back then, but there was a religious collective selling a dry mix called “Loveburgers” that could be mixed up and formed into patties at home. It was dreadfully bland, but it was also easy to add some chopped onions, peppers, some seasonings, etc. and make something very enjoyable out of it.

    Kris, that’s pretty much how I started down the path to vegetarianism back in 1987.


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