To Give or Not to Give…?

Spring cleaning is upon us here in the Western hemisphere.

I’m glancing at the large green Salvation Army donation bin sitting in the Sustainability House’s living room. So far, I’m the only who’s donated stuff. Two bags of clothes, some books. Colored chalk (chalk of color?). A can of garbanzo beans. Four point five kilograms of brown rice (I wonder if the recipients will know how to properly prepare it?).

And…

One kilogram of white flour.

This post concerns the following question: to give or not to give the white flour to charity? I’ve run up against an ethical dilemma. On the one hand, a kilogram of white flour is sheer energy, calories for the person who uses it. But on the other, wheat is a largely problematic grain that seems to leave a path of health destruction wherever it spreads on this planet.

To give or not to give? Is it charitable to donate an item that some would (almost accurately) classify as poison?

I’m not sure. I’m inclined to say no. But when it comes down to it, disadvantaged people need to eat. Even if it means consuming refined wheat flour. And furthermore, I’m going gluten-free until 2012; aside from not eating gluten-containing foods, I’ve decided that I won’t cook them either during this personal gluten boycott.

Floury peril, but it's okay 'cause it's organic

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