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From the UUSC blog, the following post was written by Rev. John Gibb Millspaugh, editor of the forthcoming anthology The Joy of Just Eating: Food for Personal, Public, and Planetary Well-Being.

Rev. John Gibb Millspaugh.

Do you eat? If so, this blog post is for you!

Unitarian Universalists have always united behind our responsibility to build a more decent society. In 2011 and 2012, Unitarian Universalists chose to make one aspect of that responsibility — our role in the food chain — explicit. Representatives of our congregations at General Assembly adopted a national “Statement of Conscience” called “Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice,” and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) launched its Choose Compassionate Consumption campaign.

Why food and why now? We are beginning to understand that when it comes to food, our society is speeding along various tracks, each heading toward a different future. Some of those futures further degrade people who are already carrying more than their share of social burdens, multiply the suffering of animals that are already living in misery, and further exploit natural resources that are already destabilized. Other futures build the world we dream about, where rights are respected and creation is honored.

In 2013, UUSC is teaming up with UUs across the country who are committed to ethical eating and to promoting the human rights of workers in the food system. Join us.

Remember how Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma and Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation (made into the movie Food, Inc.) created a sea change of public interest in healthier eating? You can do that for the human rights of workers throughout the food chain with Behind the Kitchen Door: What Every Diner Should Know About the People Who Feed Us, a new book written by Saru Jayaraman. In it, Jayaraman shows us that food sustainability depends not only on the sourcing of the ingredients, but also on how workers are treated!

Behind the Kitchen Door is not just a book — it’s an opportunity for Unitarian Universalists to change the national conversation about how to create a truly sustainable food system.

Our immediate goal: get the book on the bestseller lists.

Our bigger goal: bring restaurant workers’ rights the national attention they deserve.

Will you commit to buying Behind the Kitchen Door in the critical first two weeks of its release, so we can make sure that millions of Americans read this book and join the conversation? Sign up right now to buy the book between February 11 and February 23, and please invite others as well. Together we can put it on the New York Times bestseller list! We’ll send you a reminder in February, along with information about how to buy the book.

This book will put an essential issue of economic justice on the map — but only with your help. Uniting for this cause is a golden opportunity not only for our faith, but also for the values we hold most dear. Will you take this one simple act to help build the world we dream about?

One more reason to participate: all proceeds from the book support the work of a UUSC partner organization to advance restaurant workers’ rights! Sign up today to help put Behind the Kitchen Door on the bestseller list.

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