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Noshing Consciously: The New Jewish Food Movement

This article describes an emerging trend to expand, rethink, and green up the ritual of keeping kosher. Many observant Jews have always been proponents of eating consciously, so it’s exciting to hear about old rituals being made new.
“…for many people, the primary daily impact of rising environmental consciousness is on the food they eat. They want it to be produced locally, sustainably, organically and humanely. Increasingly, religious people view this as a religious obligation, not just a matter of good health or ethics. The trend is advancing particularly fast among Jews, who have a long tradition of investing food with religious meaning.”
Here’s a website called “The Jew and the Carrot.” It’s a project of Hazon, and its editors wish to raise the quality of discussion about contemporary food issues in the Jewish community, convey a “sense of importance and joy around food,” and challenge readers to think deeply about their own food choices.

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Marilyn Walsh

posted July 16, 2007 at 9:49 am

Most Americans have grown up to believe that food quality is as insignificant as how one parts their hair. This is wrong because anyone who understands or is trained in health and the human body knows that “food is medicine” for the body or at least it is supposed to be “at the very least”. This is not to say that a person cannot indulge in junk food occassionally, but the bulk of the human diet should be food that is highly nutritious, completely free of harmful chemicals and pesticides, and nutritionally balanced for optimal health. Empty calorie food substances that are overprocessed, overcooked, fat and chemical laden, etc. should be avoided at all cost. Foods that are as close to nature as possible and in their raw form must be the bulk of the American diet. Genetic engineering and depletion of the food chain must be taken off the table if human health is to be made a priority rather than the management, marketing, and capitalizing off of substandard health, sickness, and disease.

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