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Dear Great-Great Grandma and Grandpa

I sometimes wonder what my ancestors would think of my organic leanings. I can't go back in time and talk with them about my raising goats and trying to make most of the food I eat from basic ingredients I buy or produce. But I imagine their reaction might be something like, "What other way is there?" And then I would explain about pesticides and mass production and processed and packaged food transported from afar. And if I could somehow bring along some of this "fast" food and give them a taste, I suspect they would find its taste unappealing.

I know for myself, that after cutting down on corn syrup, and sugar, and vegetable oils and lots of other overprocessed ingredients, and reverting to a simpler, more natural diet, that I find I have no more attraction to food that has been sitting in a can or preserved like a mummy and entombed in plastic.

I used to work as a Mashgiach, and have spent much time speaking with other Mashgichim and listening to podcasts from the OU.org website. The question I have for the OU and other Hasgachas is why are we certifying foods that have questionable nutritious value? I think that would make a good question of the week on jewcology.org.

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  • Evonne Marzouk
    December 9, 2010 (10:47 am)

    it’s a good point – life has changed so much in the last 100 years! thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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