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Posted by on Oct 2, 2009 in Korean Food, Vegetarian | 0 comments

The Korea Herald : Festival to showcase Korean temple food

The Korea Herald reports that the Bongnyeongsa in Suwon is hosting the 2009 Korean Temple Food Festival from Oct. 8-10.

Most of the Korea Herald article highlights some of the more popular Korean temple foods, which are exclusively vegetarian.

The part of the article that struck me the most was this comment.

Ven. Sun-jae said the act of growing, harvesting and milling the rice involves many lives. Hence, under the precepts of “balwoo-gongyang,” the act of eating rice, for example, requires an awareness of the value of life.

“A honey bee does not hurt a flower when it gets honey,” she said. “It helps it.”

Since humans do not possess the honey bee’s ability to organically help what they eat, humans should express gratitude for food through “balwoo-gongyang,” Ven. Sun-jae said.

I can agree that we need to appreciate the source of our food. However, the science of horticulture does not support the Ven. Sun-jae’s position that humans only take from the earth and give nothing back in return. Most horticulture experts recognize that most fruit trees, for example, can only thrive and produce fruit when they are properly pruned. Hence, humans can and do “organically help what they eat”.

Genesis 2:15 says,”The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” As a Messianic, I believe that God created the fruit trees from the very beginning to have a symbiotic relationship with humans. We prune, fertilize and make sure they have good water and they produce fruit that we eat.

For more information about the Temple Food Festival in Suwon, go to: Festival to showcase Korean temple food.

For articles about the benefits of pruning for both fruit bearing trees and plants, go to: How Stuff Works: Pruning.

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