Footsteps 94

VALUING FOOD

Alice Keen Editor

Cooking a tasty meal and sharing it with others is one of my favourite things to do. I love the way it brings people together: families, friends, neighbours… From the manna which fed the Israelites in the wilderness to Jesus cooking fish for his disciples after his resurrection, the Bible is full of stories where food plays an important role. The food-related Bible study on page 11 explores two different ways of drawing close to God: fasting and feasting. 

In this issue of Footsteps, we are focussing on how to make the most of the food we have. We may have grown it ourselves, we may have bought it or been given it, but we are all called to be good stewards. We know that producing food is hard work, especially with the effects of climate change, soil erosion and lack of access to land and water. 

Yet food which has been harvested is often wasted because it is not stored well or preserved for later. We look at different practical ways of storing (pages 8–9 and 13) and preserving food (pages 5 and 16) that are safe and low cost. We have an interview with urban farmer Claudio Oliver (page 10) who challenges us to think about God’s perspective on the way we consume food and produce waste. We hear how a local organisation in Mozambique is using orange-fleshed sweet potato in the fight against HIV and AIDS – this includes some recipes for you to try as well (pages 14–15)! On this page there is a guide to producing weaning food for infants. 

Here at Footsteps we want to be good stewards not just of our food but also of the money that has been given to us. If you have received a readership questionnaire from us but haven’t returned it, this will be your last edition of Footsteps! Please do write or email us if you would like to be put back on the mailing list. We would love to keep sending you the magazine but we need to be sure you are receiving the right number of copies at the correct address. 

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  • Bible study: Fasting and feasting

    by Alice Keen God wants everyone in the world to have enough to eat and to be able to choose to fast or feast as part of their worship of him.  Fasting is choosing to go without food or drink for a specific period of time. It is not the same as being hungry because of a lack of food, it is chosen freely. Throughout the Bible, God’s people practise fasting to seek his face and become more dependent on him.  Read Matthew 6:16-18 ...

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  • Letters

    Footsteps in action! This issue we feature two great photos sent to us by readers. Many thanks to Madeleine in Cameroon and Matthew in Tanzania.  Top photo: Footsteps live on the airwaves in Cameroon. Radio Salaaman uses our French version of Footsteps as content in its programmes. Merci!  PO Box 1010, Garoua, Cameroon Email: radiosalaaman@yahoo.fr

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  • Make your own weaning foods

    Compiled by Alice Keen. A weaning food is a ready-made product consisting of a number of ingredients, which can easily be prepared into a porridge and fed to infants who are starting to need solid food alongside breast milk...

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  • Making a zeer pot fridge

    In Sudan, zeer pots are exactly what communities need to find a way out of poverty. Decades of fighting have displaced hundreds of thousands of families. Forced to abandon their land and their livelihoods, they are doing their best to start again...

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  • Making the most of food

    by Claire Hancock. We live in a world of extreme contrasts, where more than 840 million people do not have enough to eat and where 1.4 billion people are now dangerously overweight (United Nations report, 2012). It is a world where one person in every eight goes to bed hungry. But the amount of food needed to feed this same number of people is lost and wasted...

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  • Processing tomatoes

    Tomatoes are grown all over the world. During the harvest, most farmers sell them at very low prices, because they spoil very quickly. Many tomatoes also go to waste because they cannot be sold in time...

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  • Resources

    PILLARS Guides Improving food security   This guide provides practical information and discussion questions to help communities to improve their food security through better storage, use of grain banks, improved nutrition, preserving fruit and vegetables and crop selection. Healthy eating   This guide includes information and discussion questions on food hygiene, improving a poor diet, preventing anaemia and understanding the food ...

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  • Toxins in the food chain

    Compiled by Claire Hancock. Food safety is often a forgotten aspect of food security. Globally much effort has been placed on increasing the quantity of food rather than the safety of food. But according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 25 per cent of the world’s crops are affected by the problem of aflatoxin contamination...

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