Monday, August 11, 2008

When is Kosher Not...Ethics and Kashrut

Fasting for a day has a way of focusing the mind. As my day continued I found myself considering the recent shanda/shame of the Agriprocessors kosher meat plant in Postville Iowa.
I have read much about Iowa situation, illegal immigrants, deplorable working conditions, child labor and other crimes.
I had been a vegetarian for many years. Due to causes and conditions, health,life style etc, I have return to eating meat over the past few years. The Postville situation makes me reconsider the larger implications of what I place on my plate.
I have been somewhat buoyed by the conservative ( I practice as a Conservative) attempts at addressing such dilemmas in the world of Kashrut, yet I am not sure if this is enough.
USCJ site

read a recent Houston Chronicle take on the story:

or the Desmoines Register's latest offering:


Anonymous said...

I sometimes eat meat, sometimes not (mostly not!), but I agree that kashrut does make you think about what is going in your mouth. I caught part of a programme on TV the other night where they showed robots selecting packaged food to put in huge lorries to transport across the UK. And here's me thinking humans did that bit. It stopped me in my tracks.

kittysmith said...

Kosher, literally "fit", means for me eating ethically, not so much which set of dishes I'm using (and good luck with that anyway in our household!). I continue to work towards the ideal of eating without having been complicit in an animal's suffering and destruction of our mutual environment while battling the iron grip of Chili-Cheese Fritos on my soul. :>)

Dunking Rachael

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