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Shoresh Food Conference

The Shoresh Food Conference held on Feb 5 brought together diverse community members to consider, discuss and explore how the community can work together and affect real change in our local food system. The conference brought like-minded people together who value ethical, good quality food and want to create change. In her opening remarks Risa Alyson Cooper, the Director of Shoresh, spoke about how our community is struggling with food justice. “We live in an incredibly fertile part of the world, and yet there are people in our community who are hungry. And Jewish tradition teaches us that this is not okay”. Furthermore she says, “We are commanded to take care of those in need, which means actively working for food justice in our own community.”

MAZON’s National Executive Director participated in the Shoresh Food Conference panel discussion alongside Mike Friedman of North York Harvest Food Bank, Charles Levkoe and Daniel Hoffmann of Cutting Veg about Tikkun Olam: Healing a Broken Food System. The four discussed how they include Tikkum Olam into their daily and community work.

Participants and panel members with varying opinions spoke about a variety of issues surrounding food. The sessions yielded intense discussions that were meant to profoundly change the face of the Jewish Food Movement in Ontario. The goal of the conference was to get the conversation started and this is precisely what took place.

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