End Kosher Humanewashing

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Today, virtually all kosher-certified meat, dairy, and eggs come from animals raised on unsustainable and inhumane factory farms. Kosher means “fit”—join us in ending its relationship with factory farming.

When buyers look for a kosher certification, they likely aren’t equating the food behind the label with pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, worker exploitation, pandemic outbreak risk, and mass animal suffering—the hallmark features of industrial animal agriculture. However, all kosher-certified animal products found in grocery stores today come from animals raised in the exact same industrial conditions as animals raised for non-kosher poultry, fish, milk, and beef products.

Take action: Drugs found in Empire Kosher meat

Farm Forward’s recently launched drug testing program has found that the largest producer of kosher chicken in the country, Empire Kosher Poultry, uses a drug called fenbendazole in its antibiotic-free chicken. The drug is used widely in conventional animal agriculture but is prohibited within the USDA Organic program.

Calling out deception

Meet the hundreds of Jewish leaders and clergy who are calling out deception in the kosher industry.

The meaning of kosher has evolved with increased industrialization

Thanks to a long tradition of kashrut being associated with Jewish ethical concerns and more stringent religious oversight, both kosher-observant Jews and the broader public perceive kosher-certified products as inherently better.

Widespread misperceptions

Groundbreaking research shows that misperceptions about what kosher labels mean, especially for animal welfare, are widespread.

Jewish values can guide what conscientious consumption looks like

It is time that our institutions, equipped with the truth about kosher labels today, work to align their food sourcing practices with their Jewish sensibilities around caring for animals, people, and the planet.