Health, Nutrition & Torah: Mishpatim

| February 10, 2010

Courtesy Alexander Smolianitski (http://flickr.com/photos/smolianitski/)

Courtesy Alexander Smolianitski (http://flickr.com/photos/smolianitski/)

The Text:
Exodus 23:10-11 Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but in the seventh you shall let it rest and lie fallow.  Let the needy among your people eat of it, and what they leave let the wild beasts eat.  You shall do the same with your vineyards and your olive groves.

The Context:
Following the receipt of the Ten Commandments, the Israelites receive a listing of rules that will create the emerging society.

What it Means for Advocates:
At one time the family farm was the primary source for food.  Since the Industrial Revolution our food production capacity and needs have changed dramatically. World Hunger Year is an agency that seeks out community-based solutions to end hunger and poverty. Here they outline the history of the family farm and its destruction. One of the primary issues for a small farmer is that they do not receive subsidies from the United States Government when they grow fruits and vegetables. Write your senator and representative and make sure they are aware of, “A Time to Act: A Report on the USDA Commission on Small Farms” and the recommendations contained therein.

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