The Food Prob­lem

Forward Magazine - - Letters -

Ma­gen Tzedek is an ini­tia­tive of ut­most im­por­tance to the on­go­ing com­mit­ment of all reli­gious com­mu­ni­ties to the just and eth­i­cal pro­duc­tion of food, one of the most sa­cred of gifts. That the ini­tia­tive is off to a “slow start” (“Ma­gen Tzedek, a Re­sponse to Agripro­ces­sors Scan­dal, Still Not in Op­er­a­tion,” Oc­to­ber 5) is hardly sur­pris­ing, given the struc­ture of the en­tire Amer­i­can food sys­tem and the eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal power it wields over our lives. For the low-wage work­ers who con­sti­tute the ma­jor­ity of the work­force that feeds the na­tion, that power is ex­pe­ri­enced daily in the fields, on the floors of pack­ing­houses and in res­tau­rant kitchens. Ma­gen Tzedek com­pels all peo­ples of faith to con­sider anew the deeper stan­dards of jus­tice by which we are fed, and to con­front anew the daily ex­ploita­tion of those who bring food to our tables. THE REV. DAVID L. OS­TEN­DORF

Ellsworth, Wis.

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