FOOD AND WASTE
The food, purchasing, and waste disposal choices we make affect the planet. Moving toward a plant-based diet has a powerful impact. And although reduction is the best way to reduce negative purchasing impact, our choices also matter. Some products are toxic and not biodegradable, while others are made from recycled materials, are environmentally friendly, or are compostable.
CREATE A CLIMATE-CONSCIOUS FOOD AND WASTE POLICY
Decide what percent of the food in your community you want to be locally sourced, organic, and plant-based. What percent of your community's paper purchasing do you want to be 100% recycled? How much waste is the minimum you want your institution to produce? What else is important to your community?
JOIN A FOOD WEBINAR
Over the last few years, Jewish communities have grown increasingly concerned with sourcing food sustainably, and divesting support from conventional systems that harm animals, people, and the planet. JCAN-MA has partnered with organizations and synagogues to put on webinars on the reasons for our food choices, tools and strategies that can help you engage clergy and peers, and many other topics. Join the Jewish movement toward building a kinder, more just, and more sustainable food system! Check out our webinar page.
RESOURCES FOR READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS
- Gather some friends to read and discuss We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer, a superb, readable, and very Jewish explication of how and why and in what ways our food choices matter. Download a free discussion guide from Hazon and let JCAN-MA know. Read Fred Davis’ reflections on the book here.
- Beantown Jewish Gardens
- Jewish Initiative for Animals
- See Food Justice Resources on the JCAN Advocacy Page