Day 25: A Reflection on Eating Meat

Day 25: A Reflection on Eating Meat April 2, 2014

“Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.” Genesis 9:3

“Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.” – Samuel Butler

“Most people see a documentary about the meat industry and then they become a vegetarian for a week.” – Jason Reitman

“I think anyone who is a carnivore needs to understand that meat does not originally come in these neat little packages.” – Julia Child


Questions for Reflection

1. Can we care about the well-being of God’s creatures and still be meat-eaters? Or are they mutually exclusive activities?

2. Do you eat meat? Why or why not?

3. Do you feel differently about the sacrifices required in order to have meat on your plate than you do about the sacrifices required in order to have fruits or vegetables or grains on your plate?

Food Justice Challenge

This week, give up eating meat for one day.


In addition to being the founder and editor-in-chief of the “40 Days for Food Justice Project”, the Rev. MargaretAnne Overstreet is a Presbyterian pastor and food justice advocate. When not preaching, teaching or writing, she likes hiking with her dogs and growing things in her garden. Find out more about her (including why she preaches with bare feet) at

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