Kosher

As this kosher diet blog is being written, the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah has just been observed, nay, celebrated, with the last Torah parshah blending symbolically into Bereshit, the Torah’s beginning. This signifies the circular, eternal nature of the Torah.

 

And as the study of Torah starts from the beginning again, worshippers again learn in Bereshit (Genesis; v: 27-28) that humans have dominion over the ‘beasts of the field.’

 

For some observant Jews, the passage in Bereshit is the end of the discussion; G-d has granted humans to have dominion over the animals, so, be they factory-farmed or hand-fed, or beasts of the field … we have the right to decide what to do with the animals.

Enter KOL Foods. In 2007, KOL foods became the first kosher and sustainable meat company. Prior to 2007, eating kosher, even organic kosher meat, meant the consumption of large-scale produced beef and chicken that require massive amounts of energy to produce.

KOL was the first kosher meat option for conscientious meat eaters who wanted humanely-raised animals, not confined to feed lots.

Does Kashrut Just Mean Kosher?

Just because a meat product is certified “Glatt” kosher does not mean the following were taken into consideration in how the meat made it to market:

How the animal was treated, i.e. raised on an open-space, fed nothing but grass or mostly grass, and unconfined in a feed pen, or was the animal slaughtered in a large processing facility, cramped in confinement?

What’s the environmental consideration? Were forests stripped to make room for the agricultural grain-lot? Were tremendous amounts of water used to produce the grain or soy (unnatural food for cattle in the first place)? Did animal waste pollute local water sources?

How were the people that processed the animals treated? Did they receive fair compensation for their labor? Did they work in conditions that fostered compassion for the animals?

With KOL (Hebrew for ‘all’) you can indeed have it all, meaning, you can have your humanely-raised kosher meat and eat it, too; it’s not just kashrut for the sake of kashrut … it takes into account the intrinsic-to-Judaism principles of compassion and justice.

 

Kol produces the only domestic, 100% grass-fed, kosher beef and the only organic-fed, pastured, kosher chicken and duck in the United States. They are, in a kosher nutshell, the most transparent kosher meat company.
 

Healthy Animals + Healthy People = Healthy World

According to Kol’s website, today’s dominant agricultural methods rely on synthetic fertilizers, chemical pesticides, large amounts of energy and water, major transportation systems, poor waste disposal and factory-style practices for raising livestock and crops. Artificial hormones, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, mad cow disease, and large-scale outbreaks of potentially deadly E.coli are all associated with this industrial form of food production.

Although kosher meat, in general, is considered far healthier than most conventional, non-kosher meats, KOL seems to stand apart from the industrial system.

KOL ships all over the U.S., with the caveat that it’s more expensive than the meat found in supermarkets. Is the extra cost justified? Only you can answer that question. The true cost of meat, in terms of the environmental costs alone, are rarely reflected in mass-produced meat factories.

KOL pays their farmers two-to-four times more than factory farming operations. Furthermore, the question shouldn’t necessarily be, “Why is organic, grass-fed beef and pasture-raised poultry so expensive,” but rather, “Why is conventional meat so cheap.”

Eat less meat, but when you do eat it, eat the best quality, like KOL.

This blog, written by Judd Handler, originally appeared at: http://www.miraclenoodle.com/t-healthiest_kosher_meat.aspx?blogcategoryid=10

 

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