- Ourselves -- the wellbeing and health of our own bodies
- Other persons -- the people who plant, grow, feed, harvest, slaughter, process, transport, and market the products we eat
- Other cultures -- the rich diversity of ethnic ways of preparing and eating food
- Other life -- the plants and animals that have given their life to sustain ours
- Earth -- the complex, interconnected, dynamic balance among the biological, geological, hydrological, and atmospheric ecosystems that produce the food that nourishes us and all life
- The All -- the sun, the energy dynamics of the cosmos, and the 13.7 billion-year story of how primordial stardust winds up embodied in the stuff of our cells and what's on our dinner table.
In this context, you might want to be mindful of the Food Day movement. Quoting from the website:
"Food Day will be October 24—in 2011 and in years to come. Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. We will work with people around the country to create thousands of events in homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals.
"A Food Day event could be as simple as organizing a cooking class or a vegetable-identification contest in your child's elementary school—or a healthy pot-luck dinner with friends. College students could organize forums that explore how our dietary choices impact the environment, the health of farm workers, and the treatment of animals. Health departments could kick off weight-loss campaigns. And city councils could hold hearings on how to lure supermarkets and farmers markets to underserved areas."It's an opportunity to build community around the nourishing theme of food, and to build peace while you are at it.