Thank you for coming out, it was great!
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We’ll be at the RIS conference in Long Beach this weekend. So plan to swing by at booth 433, to chat, and why don’t you try some beef jerky while your at it?
Are you going to be there? Let us know.
Oh, by the way we’ll also be launching our local California program! Local grass fed halal meats in Southern and Northern CA! Let us know if you are interested so we can can keep you updated!
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.
Salam and peace, tomorrow evening an NPR story that includes GZ will air on Marketplace. We spent the day with the reporter and tried our best to share our–and your–values. A major angle of the story is the professional relationship between GZ and KOL Foods, GZ for the Kosher community.
We hope it raises awareness of the importance of conscious eating, and perhaps shines a light on the reality of Islam that gets lost sometimes in the present geo-political discussions–it’s a deeply spiritually nourishing tradition that helps us to strive to be better people who seek harmony with all creation. Part of this is returning to our classical view of halal (and tayyib), hence the title ‘higher halal’. Factory farms that devalue animals into simple raw materials and strip them of any sacredness go against the very spirit of halal.
Tune in and let us know what you think, but don’t be too harsh–honest it was a long day so we don’t know how it’ll turn out :-). We’ll be posting the link once its up.
Anyone interested in letting the world know why free range organic meat that is harvested using halal methods is important to them? Is it spiritual, health, environmental benefits? Let us know if you can help out with a radio interview, in the next week get in touch with us.
We know there were several customers who were vegetarians for several years, and others that only bought non-halal organic. We’d love to hear from you and your story of what it means to you.
We are excited to announce that Green Zabiha has been awarded Green America’s Certified Green Business
We’re especially happy since we are the first organization of any kind focused on organic grass fed meats to receive this certificate! And the first halal company to ever apply, much less get awarded! So we’re on the national Green Pages!
Green America (formerly Co-op America) is one of the leading organizations working towards a more sustainable and greener America. Established in 1982, the not-for-profit has been a leader in improving our world and making millions of people more aware of alternatives to ‘conventional’ ways of doing things. Green America has played a critical role in championing Fair Trade, sustainable agriculture, social justice and alternative energy initiatives in the US.
Green America also maintains the authoritative list of sustainable businesses in the US, the Green Business Network, and are also one of the key partners in the wildly popular Green Festival.
We went through a rigorous screening process as part of the certification to show that our principles and business processes are in line with Green America’s standards for business that help to be part of the solution for today’s enviornmental and social problems.
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