The thing with Kosher food is that it has to be made in a certain way, and it has to follow very strict guidelines. The guidelines are so strict that most Kosher food plants are actually exempt from inspections and certifications because the standards are so high there is no need to inspect. This then begs the question about whether or not kosher is actually organic.
Organic food is concerned with how food is contaminated with various chemicals and through the use of GMOs. Organic food is food that is not harmful to human health, and does not have anything in it that can harm the person, nor the planet, from the process of growing to ingesting.
Kosher is a bit different in that it is concerned with how the food conforms with the dietary laws of the Jewish people. Any contamination of these rules could compromise the laws, and that is why Kosher products are certified so highly. A person who only eats organic, eating an apple grown in an inorganic way, is not going to have a question of faith, but a Jewish person eating something that isn’t kosher can have that crisis.
In both organic and kosher processing of products, the equipment must be certified in a certain way. Organic food can’t have any equipment that uses harsh chemicals, while kosher products can’t be made by equipment that makes non-kosher items.
One of the biggest differences between the certifications is that organic certification is managed by the United States Department of Agriculture, and is set down in laws from the federal government. In contrast, kosher is only answerable to the rabbi at the particular kosher certification agency handling that product or processing facility.
So, is kosher organic? No, it is not. Organic food can be made in a non-kosher way, and kosher food can be made in a non-organic way. A chicken can be made in a kosher way, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t raised in harsh conditions, or with certain by-products in it.
If you want kosher, then get a kosher certified food. If you want organic, then go with an organic certified food.
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Written by: Yehudith Girshberg