Buckeye Back Road Tour: We headed northeast into Lancaster, Ohio, where Fr. Peter Gideon at St. Mark’s here said during a Sunday sermon that studies show the average American eats a hefty 1,775 pounds of food a year. I couldn’t help but think in Uganda, Nigeria, Haiti… it was, oh, a little less. What’s more, a significant percentage of what we eat is red meat. The book “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger” notes: “…each pound of edible beef represents seven pounds of grain (fed to the animal, in addition to grass, hay, etc.) [And] it is because of this high level of meat consumption that the rich minority of the world devours such an unfair share of the world’s available food.” And it gets even more nuts social justice wise. Our daughter Sarah is currently reading the book “What Do People Eat?” It explains that for most farmers these days it is more important to produce lots of food cheaply than it is to give an animal a nice life. So cows, chickens, pigs… are now often confined in extremely tight, abusive conditions on factory farms and pumped full of hormones, etc., so they grow as quickly as possible. “This is because people usually buy cheaper food,” writes author Kate Needham. Translated: It’s us who are significantly responsible for these animal rights abuses. It’s us who are significantly responsible for World Hunger.