Health, Nutrition & Torah: Bechukotai

| May 5, 2010

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

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

The Text:
Leviticus 25:3-6 “Six years you may sow your field and six years you may prune your vineyard and gather in the yield. But in the seventh year the land shall have a Sabbath of complete rest, a sabbath of YHVH: you shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard. You shall not reap the after growth of your harvest or gather the grapes of your untrimmed vines; it shall be a year of complete rest for the land. But you may eat whatever the land during its sabbath will produce — you, your male and female slaves, the hired and bound laborers who live with you.”

The Context:
Crop rotations, such as the sabbatical-seventh year, described in the Torah are one of the techniques agricultural planners utilize to help the earth maximize food production and quality.

What it Means for Advocates:
Organic produce and locally grown produce help minimize the consumer carbon footprint.  If you are connected with a local agricultural sustainability project, investigate whether the farmers use crop rotation.

Use a farmer’s almanac to reflect on how climate change has affected your city or state’s major crops.  Using this as motivation, consider places you frequent that do not yet have recycling or energy saving programs and encourage them to explore these options.

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