The Sociopolitics of Keeping Kosher, Observing Halal Posted on October 1st, 2014 by

Two recent news items address the fact that our food choices carry tremendous social, cultural, religious and political weight–in case you hadn’t noticed.

On NPR this week, a feature story chronicled the rise of Kosher keeping among millenials, including the emergence of boutique gefilte fish makers and Kosher banh mi sandwiches.

A bleak story showed up in a news item on Facebook. It seems that French communities in which National Front candidates have won elections have opted not to make pork free options available for Muslim or Jewish students. Marine Le Pen, the party’s leader, was quoted as saying “We will not accept any religious demands in school menus.” This apparently includes making an option available to those students who might choose it.


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