Political food choices

illustration by MARK STIVERS

Admittedly, I have a weak spot for Chik-fil-A. I love its food, and as much as I try to avoid fast food, every so often I make an exception for its waffle fries. Or, at least, I used to. I can’t eat it anymore, for moral reasons.

Chik-fil-A’s purpose statement notes that it will “glorify God by being a faithful steward.” Now, that’s fine and all. I approve of religion in its ideals that we should all be better people. However, Chik-fil-A also has a tendency to funnel money to conservative groups and organizations, including those that helped to pass Proposition 8, which now prevents gay and lesbian couples from enjoying the economic benefits of marriage. Learning it was essentially anti-gay left me no choice but to deny them my business for a product that I enjoy. It sucks.

Still, I’m sticking to my guns. What you eat has political ramifications. Plenty of people in the food industry have been telling us this for years. Whether you act on this information or not and alter what you eat is your choice.