Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 2 (Summer 2016) - Page 65

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE unregulated industry. You can go out into the bathroom, fill plastic bottles up at the sink, seal them, slap a label on them, and sell them. Multnomah Biblical Seminary Springs Water, right? That would be perfectly legal if you did it cleanly. If you are going to drink bottled water, I always tell people to go for a name brand that has some real equity in its name. Don’t go for a flyby-night, cheap brand that has no equity in its brand name because God knows what you are getting. And certainly God is the only one who knows what you’re getting because nobody is examining it to test and see what’s in it. I want to make sure I leave this with the recognition that we do need to grow a lot of food. The planet is not getting bigger. There are more of us. There are reasons why people are trying to push high productivity on farms, although as I said in the other session, we also are feeding most of the grain we produce to cattle or into processes to make biofuels. Man 10: We’re also consuming it and the rest of the world is consuming it at the same rate. How would this be affected if we distributed wealth more equitably around the world? Would people still starve or would there be plenty of food? SK: There’s plenty of food. There’s no question. Man 11: There’s another source of food coming out that wasn’t talked about. Insects are coming on as food. One quarter of the people in the world today are eating insects and they already have a product out on the market. It is cricket flour. It’s just the case of, are you taken back by it so much that you don’t want to try it? SK: Part of the issue is also what we are to do about the uneven distribution of food. We have inadvertently done a lot of harm that way. Let’s say there’s a drought in Ethiopia and they show starving children on television. We load up ships with grain and send it. That’s what we do—we put lots of food on ships and send it. In some ways, that’s a good thing. When it arrives there, it feeds people. However, according to the law of supply and demand, a massive influx of free food means that if you’re a farmer in that country, you can’t sell your crop for anything. We therefore potentially also drive into bankruptcy all the local agriculture. When the giant ships of free American food show up, the people who have an investment in growing fields of crops now have an unsellable commodity. One of the issues of unequal distribution of food is that we can’t just ship it. The only way to get around the unequal distribution of food is to promote agricultural development in other places. Because if all we do is ship our surplus food around the world, then all we 62