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“Eleanor’s courgette has grown so much this past week, and she’s checking it all the time”. My friend’s young daughter was in the children’s programme at the National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales Conference last weekend in Derbyshire – ‘Our Daily Bread – Food security, People and Planet’.
I’m always complaining about food bills. My family will testify how annoyed I get when they then waste the purchased food. “Do you know that people in England and Wales throw away 3.6 million tonnes of food each year?” I ask my three teenage boys, “and that 60 per cent of it is untouched, with salad, fruit and bread being the most commonly wasted?” I fail to engender outrage. But then we’re better off than most. At the weekend the charity, ‘Contact a Family’, warned that families in UK with disabled children are going without basics such as food after being left in financial "dire straits”.
Is the Christian community so focused on other-worldly realities that its sees engagement with the earthly realities of food and agriculture as the domain of food agencies and supermarkets? The resounding answer is ‘No’. The National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN), a liaison body of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, is taking up the issue this summer when its annual conference in Derbyshire 16-18 July takes the theme: Our Daily Bread – Food Security, People and Planet.