[Newsletters] December 15 – Taking Bal Tashchit to the Restaurant

Taking Bal Tashchit to the Restaurant

Reduce Your Waste When Dining Out

By Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Originally posted on The Jew and the Carrot

One of the ethical principles on which the Jewish environmental and food movements rest is bal tashchit, the commandment not to needlessly waste or destroy. One area of modern life that desperately needs to understand this principle better is our food supply, where over 40% of the food produced for human consumption is thrown away. Food waste begins in the fields, where imperfect produce is left to rot, continues through to stores that throw out expired products and restaurants that dump uneaten servings, and to our homes. With so many Americans going hungry, it is a travesty that so much food (and money) is being thrown in the trash.

Restaurants have also come under increasing scrutiny because of the rapid rise in portion sizes, with single servings often containing more than the recommended daily allowance of calories. These large portions either encourage people to eat beyond their satiation point or leave much of the food to be thrown out. Combined with the growing number of meals that Americans eat in restaurants and the fact that restaurant food often contains more salt and fat than comparable food served at home, the super-sized restaurant meals are a major factor in both the obesity crisis and the food waste epidemic.

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Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster is Director of North American Programs for Rabbis for Human Rights-North America.

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[Image: Siach Logo]WHAT: A unique opportunity to meet, share and collaborate with fellow social justice and environment activists from across the Jewish world. Siach, an Environment and Social Justice Conversation, brings together committed activists from across Israel, North America, and Europe. Supported by the UJA Federation of New York, with anchors in the US, Israel and Great Britain, and scores of member organizations, Siach is deepening the nuanced understanding of Jewish Peoplehood and Israel engagement with those for whom the pursuit of social and environmental justice is one of the defining characteristics of their identity.

WHERE: The second annual Siach conference will take place at Ohalo Manor Hotel, on the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) in Israel

WHEN: June 15-18, 2012

WHO: We are looking for individuals who are doers, networkers, out-of-the-box thinkers, and visionaries with the desire to share our vision of creating a global network of collaboration in the areas of environment and social justice.

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