Responsible food consumption

Why are we talking about food?

Food is both a need and a pleasure. Jewish culinary tradition stretches back millennia and spans almost the whole globe. But, most importantly, food is a human right that is still not fully realised for one in nine people in the world. By 2050, with the same planet, we will have to feed three times more people than a century before.1 Globally, food production is responsible for a quarter (26%) of all Greenhouse gas emissions,2 70% of fresh water usage, the acceleration of biodiversity loss and is the major cause of deforestation and desertification.


What we eat is therefore much more than just a private matter. The choices we make regarding food consumption already have direct or indirect consequences on climate change, water availability, land use and on people’s livelihoods and ability to feed themselves.

How positively or negatively our food choices impact people and the planet depends mainly on the five following aspects: what we eat and how much, where our food comes from, how much food we waste, how our food was produced and who benefits from its production.3

Every day, each one of us has the ability to choose food that better cares for our lives and the planet we share.


What are we going to do?

Phase 1) (March-May 2022)
Working with Rabbis, Rebbetzens, industry experts and scientists, we will provide a series of education sessions and debates exploring what responsible food consumption means from a Torah and environmental perspective.
Phase 2) (May 2022)
Based on the conversations, introduce a policy for responsible food consumption at US Centre, centrally sponsored US events and in US nurseries in line with the National Food Strategy targets.
Phase 3) (June- Aug 2022)
Work with US communities, Young US, Tribe and caterers to provide low carbon options for community and centrally sponsored events.

When are we going to do this?

Phase 1-3 will be conducted between March - August 2022 with a plan to monitor and support this as a long-term United Synagogue commitment.