Food Day Webinar: “Eco-Kashrut: How Judaism Informs our Ethical Food Choices”
As Food Day – October 24 – approaches, we invite you to join us in celebrating healthy, sustainable food with individuals and community across the country. Check out the Food Day website to discover events happening in your area! The Religious Action Center is proud to celebrate Food Day with our webinar, “Eco-Kashrut: How Judaism Informs our Ethical Food Choices,” featuring President and “TeaEO” of Honest Tea, Seth Goldman and editor of “The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic,” Rabbi Mary Zamore. The webinar is scheduled for 10a.m. EST on October 24—register today!
Rabbi Mary Zamore and Seth Goldman will help us to understand the importance of and Jewish imperative to be ethical eaters and mindful consumers. In the Jewish tradition, food is more than just sustenance; food serves as a symbol for remembrance. Just like dipping parsley in salt water on Passover reminds us of the suffering of our ancestors, and apples dipped in honey on Rosh Hashanah reminds us of the sweetness of the year to come, this Food Day we can use a reminder of the current challenges within our modern food system. The B’aal Shem Tov teaches us, “forgetfulness leads to exile while remembrance is the secret of redemption.”
Food Day raises awareness of the flaws in our current agricultural system. Fresh produce is often inaccessible in urban and poor communities, resulting in 50 million “food insecure” Americans, and the foods available lack nutritious value. Additionally, while sustainable and organic farms strive to produce quality food with limited environmental impact, it is the industrialized farms, contributing to poor health and environmental degradation that receive 75% of all farm subsidies.
On October 24th, join us for “Eco-Kashrut: How Judaism Informs our Ethical Food Choices” at 10am EST as we discuss the ways in which our tradition encourages us to eat mindfully and promote sustainable and ethical consumerism.