HC Agriculture

Diet and Foods
With advances in the science of nutrition and health it has become more and more concretely obvious that what one intakes into their body plays a major role in determining their present and future health. The final equation is therefore simple: The healthier one eats the best their chances will be of living healthier and longer. Since it is God’s will that His people be "prosper and be in health, as their soul prospers", (3 John 1:2, cf. Exo:15:26), the NJK will allow and support within its borders only practices that best meet this health plateau. For this reason, substances that are detrimental to one’s health will be banned. This includes any substance that qualifies as a (non-prescriptive) drug, e.g.: Tobacco-Nicotine, Alcohol and Caffeine. (Click these links to see how these substances do indeed qualify as "drugs").

A major part of most diets is the consumption of meat, however it has become clear today that many leading diseases are directly caused by the consumption of meats and animal products. Meat eating has today become a hazardous habit as many new outbreaks of serious diseases such as B.S.E. ("Mad Cow Diseases"), Avian Influenza ("Bird Flu") (see also: U.N. WHO | U.S. CDC), E-Coli, and also fish contamination (mercury, PCB), are occurring in the consumer meat stocks. The original plan of God before sin for man (and even animals) was a meatless, vegetarian diet (see Gen 1:29, 30). Meat eating was not allowed into the diet until after the flood most likely since natural vegetation had been destroyed (Gen 9:3) and interestingly enough this did not come without a price as Gen 9:5 is apparently indicating. For no other apparent reason than a meat eating diet, the lives of man became drastically and increasingly shorter after the flood. Noah, who had been raised on a vegetarian diet for the first 600 years of his life lived to 950 years (Gen 7:6; 9:28, 29), his son Shem who was 98 at the time of the flood (see Gen 11:10) only lived to 600 years (vs. 11) and then the years gradually went down (Gen 11:12-32): Arphaxad 438; Salah 433; Eber 464; Peleg 239; Reu 239; Serug 230; Nahor 148; Terah 205; Abraham 175.

From an "economic" standpoint, meat consumption is not the most efficient form of nutrition and food supply. It would be more efficient to get nutrients directly from the crops that are used as feed than from eating the meat later. Concerning soybeans, the base product for vegetarian foods, it is said that:

"After processing, soybeans contain about 40 percent protein, compared with 18 percent for beef and fish. ... In addition, soybean oil contains no cholesterol, and it has one of the lowest levels of saturated fat among vegetable oils."1

Furthermore, the raising of livestock for food consumption require much land, food/feed, nutrients, and water. If these resource were used in growing crops for human consumption, the world’s hunger problem would be resolved.

For all of these above reasons, and also the additional reason that the Heavenly diet will not include meat, the HC/NJK will only outlay resources for a non-meat diet plan. This means that meat and animal products will be substituted for by vegetarian and non-dairy products. With the advances in both of these kinds of health foods, the substitution of animal products can be made almost imperceptibly. (See these prominent name brands for product examples: Worthington, Morningstar Farms, Loma Linda, Natural Touch). Nowadays, many fast-food chains and food store have the choice of these products for customers.

(For studies on what the Bible has to say about healthful living see these links)

1 Harper, J. E. "Soybean." World Book Online Reference Center. 2005. World Book, Inc. 16 Jan. 2005.
June 26, 2013