NPR Market Place just ran their story on GZ and KOL Foods. Give it a listen, leave a comment, share it, and let us know what you think. After looking at the picture, I’m thinking maybe Karima is right and its time to cut the hair? Hope she’s not reading this.
Its interesting, many people were quite surprised that they used the word ‘unlikely’ in the title, since its really not that odd that Muslims and Jews would find common cause. In fact perhaps no two religious communities have a more intertwined history than Islam and Judaism. And even now in our modern context, there are many similarities such as the focus of the story; we both have a living tradition when it comes to dietary laws around meat. However the historical connections are often lost, in fact many people literally erroneously believe that Jews and Muslims have some sort of inherent dislike for each other. As one comment on the story stated:
‘Finally, a story where Jews and Muslims aren’t trying to kill each other!!!! Let’s have more “good” news about life, I already know all the bad ones.
Another reality that gets lost in our present geo-political state of affairs is that Islam is a deeply spiritual path, ’spiritual’ is probably not a quality most would even associate with Islam. More on this in another post.
What Devora has been doing is an inspiration, and for anyone that is looking for Kosher, Grass Fed, Organic meats give her a ring.
Finally quick clarification, I mentioned in the story that I bought lamb from Devora, that was for my own consumption over 1.5 years ago before we had any. But any lamb we have ever sold (or any meat) has been harvested by us.
An engaging overview of the emerging paleo movement. The idea is that humans should live and eat as they did when they were hunter-gatherers, since that is what we evolved to do, and modern food (cooking, dairy etc) and society have only come about relatively recently.
I agree completely with the spirit of living in a way that is more connected with nature; after all we wake up in our air conditioned houses, get into our air conditioned cars, and into our air conditioned offices sitting in a cube in front of a monitor all day…We don’t even know what the climate is like and if we need to check the weather we rarely push aside the blinds and take a peek out the window, or venture outdoors, we’ll log into a website! According to many sages modern man is disconnected, from each other, ourselves, nature, food that sustains us and ultimately reality.
Their alternative view on working out also makes a lot of sense, most traditional forms of exercise engaged the full body, and of course you didn’t really need to exercise when you were hunting and gathering. I recall seeing mountain villagers from the Kashmiri highlands, and they were amazing physical specimens that lived long healthy lives (that is for another post…).
From a diet perspective we obviously agree in eating well, and eating meat that has been raised naturally to ensure its wholesomeness. We do have some quibbles (like raw meat, no grain, no dairy), but nonetheless its quite an interesting movement that is highlighting some of the challenges we face.
We’d all agree that reconnecting modern man with reality is important, and by returning to traditional methods of living that have sustained humans for centuries we could benefit greatly.