'Eco-Kosher' Eating Joins Religion, Ethics

New rabbinical food certification will reflect expanding values
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2007 11:56 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Ancient Jewish dietary laws meet contemporary concerns about how food is produced in what the Washington Post calls the "eco-kosher" movement. American Jews are increasingly concerned about  labor standards, treatment of animals, and ecological impact of what goes on their table, even if they don't keep kosher, and religious leaders are responding.

Conservative Jewish leaders are attempting to create a new certification for food that would vouch for its meeting ethics standards in six areas: fair wages and benefits, health and safety, training, corporate transparency, animal welfare, and environmental impact.  The standards are expected to be formulated by the fall, the "justice certification" stamp on packaged foods a year later.