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Q: If I were to make one change about the way I purchase food, it would be ...

To eat no meat products. The U.S. meatpacking industry is cruel to animals, inhumane to workers, and lacking in cleanliness.

Teresa Davis

Cincinnati, Ohio

To stop wasting money on candy and junk food and spend it on organic food.

Daisy Swadesh

Farmington, N.M.

Ask more questions about the food I purchase so I could make better decisions.

Joan Hochmuth

Salisbury, Md.

Buy more organic foods and attempt to convince my husband to buy fair-trade coffee.

Tiffany Hoover

Pleasant Hill, Calif.

Plan my shopping list more carefully and allow time in the store to consider when and how products were grown or processed.

Name withheld

Sand Springs, Okla.

To eat at home more often, using the products of local growers.

Rim Lavin

Brooklyn, N. Y.

Q: The most difficult part of trying to eat ethically is ...

The limited availability and increased cost of organic foods.

Christopher J. Marano

East Meadow, N.Y.

Overcoming my frugal upbringing, which taught me to buy on price and quality.

Name withheld

Corvallis, Ore.

Knowing which companies treat their workers fairly and truly respect moral values.

Anne Bena

Half Moon Bay, Calif.

We live in a small town and have only one grocery store.

Judy McCourt

Gibson City, Ill.

Finding fresh food direct from the farm in metropolitan areas is almost impossible.

Mary Ann Gaella

Toms River, N.J.

There are so many other acts that need ethical attention. This seems a rich person's attempt at playing at ethics.

Lori Manning

Arlington, Va.

Finding it at a grocery store and convincing family members to accept it.

Mary Seifert Schoenfeldt

Chicago, Ill.

I actually do not find it difficult. Not caring about eating ethically is difficult for me to imagine.

Matt Fitzgibbons

Auburn, Mass.

Q: What my faith teaches me about food is ...

It's a gift from God, and eating is a holy action.

Patricia and John Rogers

Frederick, Md.

To work for social justice, and that occurs even in the routine task of grocery shopping. We meet our call to Christian action in the simple moment of selecting lettuce.

Paul Armstrong

Bethel Park, Pa.

Don't be a glutton; share; don't he wasteful; help feed the poor.

Name withheld

Cleveland, Ohio

I am connected to the chain of life.

Robert T. O'Gorman

Nashville, Tenn.

It is an important part of who we are, especially since it serves as the vehicle for the highest sacrament, the Eucharist.

Father Daniel Pilon

Horace, N.D.

All living things have dignity and deserve to be treated appropriately. This means that animals we eat need to be raised, slaughtered, cooked, and eaten with dignity and reverence. Also, the people involved in all parts of the food industry need to be treated with dignity.

Anabel FitzMedrud

Mountain View, Calif.

Jesus is the source of real fulfillment. Food should meet a physical need, not a spiritual need.

Liz Latorre

Lancaster, Ohio

You are what you eat.

Rita Jab

Newark, N.J.

That I am responsible for the social sins that prevent others from having enough to eat.

Name withheld

San Carlos, Calif.

Christ enjoyed dining with friends. I doubt he continually questioned the source of the food.

Jeanne Hagar

Annapolis, Md.

Jesus' parable about the owner of the vineyard who gives the same daily wage to everyone, no matter how many hours they have worked, tells me that everyone has a right to be fed. …