Valerie Hess

Valerie Hess

"I used to think that there was little to no connection between my faith and how I ate (and ultimately treated my body). I've grown to realize that was wrong."

Valerie Hess
Boulder, Colorado
Submitted July 4, 2007

I can no longer buy meat of any kind that isn't raised as ethically as possible. I can no longer buy food that isn't raised organically (if possible) because of my Christian faith that says that God created the earth and everything on it as good and that I am called to be a good steward of that creation.

I often pray for the workers who pick the produce and I am concerned for their health, which is why I try to buy organic as much as possible. I also am not ready to become vegetarian but I want to know, as much as I can, that the animals have a good life before being killed to give me life.

I used to think that there was little to no connection between my faith and how I ate (and ultimately treated my body). I've grown to realize that was wrong.

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