Our sages teach: “One may not buy wool, milk or kids from shepherds, nor may one buy wood or fruit from the watchman of orchards in all cases in which the seller asks that the goods be hidden; it is forbidden.” (Talmud Bavli, Masekhet Bava Kama 10:9)
Whether grabbing a tub of cream cheese for your next bagel, choosing ingredients for this Shabbat’s egg salad, or sourcing the best chicken for next month’s Shabbat dinner, how do you know that the food you are buying is from animals raised in the most humane way possible? JIFA is teaming up with Hazon to design high quality, easy to use buying guides for Jewish institutions who source and purchase food for their events.
If we could visit each and every farm that raised and slaughtered the animals we eat, we might have the information we need to make informed food choices. The good news is that we do have a way to “see” how animals are treated on farms through higher-welfare certifications or buying from retailers that enforce their own welfare standards. Plus, unless each of us had considerable expertise in animal husbandry, a certification is usually a more accurate and efficient way to find out about welfare conditions.
Label Guide for Poultry
- BuyingPoultry.com is an excellent resource for consumers and institutional buyers alike. It provides information about welfare certifications and claims as well as expert ratings for specific products. Check out their label guide to learn what all those labels and claims actually mean.
Jewish Animal Ethics in food purchasing
- The new Hazon Food Guide Toolkit helps you and your institution navigate your food choices, including considerations for animal welfare. Download the full guide, or check out a preview of the newly updated Jewish animal ethics section.
Kosher Heritage Chicken
- This fall, the largest run of kosher heritage chickens since the mid 20th century became available to the public. Visit our “Heritage” page to learn why heritage breeds address important welfare concerns—and how you can place an order.