The last 100 years has produced a greater change in the way we grow and distribute food than any of the preceding millennia. So it may be difficult for many to fully appreciate the impact or modern application of some of these biblical edicts laid out for us:

“Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight.”
Proverbs 11:1. “Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?”
Micah 6:11

Today’s regulated industry and standardized measurements may cause us to dismiss these verses as not really applicable to modern times. Human nature does not change, however. Recent documentaries exposing common practices within the industry are propelling consumers into a new age of awareness of the deception inherent in the food industry today.

Consumers are shocked t o know what manufacturers are using to enhance the appeal of a myriad of products such as orange juice, farmed salmon, bread, ice cream, candies, and even fresh fruits and vegetables. Manufacturers are using everything from the unappealing to the downright horrifying or harmful in their products and are counting on consumer ignorance; every effort for enhanced labeling of these ingredients are fought tooth and nail, in order to protect the bottom line. A quick look at recent headlines brings these Bible verses into a fresh perspective:

“Meat glue safety and labeling defended by industry”

“Something fishy? Counterfeit foods enter the U.S. market ”

“How to tell if your olive oil is the real thing”

“Chicken injected with beef waste sold in UK”

“Foods & Drinks With Propylene Glycol”

“11 Disgusting Ingredients You Eat Every Day That Food Companies Don’t Talk About”

The deception even goes beyond using deceptive or harmful ingredients in food; companies are quietly reducing packaging size, hoping that consumers won’t notice the smaller package sizes like they would a price increase. Scripture is very clear about deceit; it is no small matter to the Lord:

“Listen to this, you who rob the poor and trample down the needy!
You can’t wait for the Sabbath day to be over and the religious festivals to end
so you can get back to cheating the helpless.
You measure out grain with dishonest measures and cheat the buyer with dishonest scales.
And you mix the grain you sell with chaff swept from the floor.
Then you enslave poor people for one piece of silver or a pair of sandals.
Now the LORD has sworn this oath by his own name, the Pride of Israel:
“I will never forget the wicked things you have done!
The earth will tremble for your deeds, and everyone will mourn.”
Amos 8:4-8

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