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Kosher-Organic
and Kosher-Nano

 

For centuries the word kosher, on its own or augmented by additional words such as parve, lepesach, glatt, and mehadrin, has guaranteed that foods, products and services were grown, produced, manufactured or delivered in accordance with Jewish religious law as expounded in the Torah and latterly the Shulchan Aruch.
 
A new word is now becoming current in the field of kashrut. It is the word organic and it is appended to kosher to give the term kosher organic. This is a departure from the existing kashrut lexicon because organic has nothing to do with Jewish religious law.
 
There does not appear to exist at the current time a single certificate which covers both the kashrut and organic status of a food product.
 
Here is a description, from the United States Department of Agriculture, of what is meant by "organic food":
 

Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.
 
Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.
 
USDA makes no claims that organically produced food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food. Organic food differs from conventionally produced food in the way it is grown, handled, and processed.


 
Halachically kosher means "fit for human consumption by Jew or gentile alike according to the Torah." Kosher organic does not subtract anything from halacha.
It adds to existing, long-established Jewish practices of schechita and shmittah ..

  • by promoting water and soil conservation,
  • by promoting farming methods which favour the fields and orchards and the wildlife which they support,
  • by promoting the humane treatment of animals and birds during the period of rearing and at the time of slaughter,
  • by promoting the humane treatment of producer animals and birds, i.e. hens (eggs) and cows (milk),
  • by promoting all-day outdoor grazing for egg-laying hens and other poultry

.. thereby providing food for humans, Jew and gentile alike.

Kosher-nano does not yet exist as a halachically defined kosher food form. The term describes the introduction of nano-scale ingredients into foodstuffs. Nano is an abbreviation of nanometer, i.e. a millionth part of a metre, Nano-scale means physical objects such as atoms, molecules.
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