Recently I chanced across websites that describe the pitiful living conditions of (largely migrant) agricultural workers in various countries worldwide (e.g., China, Africa, Europe, Asia, North America - - see, for example here

Is this something that the Conservative Magen Tzedek was designed to consider? Why or why not (from a halachic perspective - is such food forbidden for any reason)? If so, is the Magen Tzedek program still operational?

  • related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/18021/759 – Double AA Dec 19 '16 at 15:35
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  • Here are the two people who would know if the program is active, and what if anything has been certified: Rabbi Morris Allen, Program Director (Morris@magentzedek.org) Harvey Popolow, Executive Director (harvey@magentzedek.org) – Arieh Lebowitz Jan 23 '17 at 23:52
  • @Arieh I hesitate to contact the Program Director or Exec Dir. I little web search turned up a 2013 Forward article saying they did not have a single company signed up 4 years after they started (forward.com/news/176814/…). The "Latest News" on the magentzedek.org website is dated May 11, 2013. A pity, since their standards look good. – Yehuda W Jan 24 '17 at 1:24
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    @DonielF I think it's on topic. It's tagged [conservative-judaism], and asks about the practices of their kashrus (?) organization. We've had questions about the practices of other hashgachos that weren't closed (if I remember correctly). – Shokhet Apr 24 '17 at 19:02

"In 2008, a commission was formed by prominent leaders of Conservative Judaism to develop and apply a set of standards that would certify that kosher food manufacturers in the US operate according to Jewish ethics and social values. The Commission formalized its status and organized as an Illinois not-for-profit corporation on January 31, 2011 and operates under IRS 501(c)3 status as the Magen Tzedek Commission NFP.: See here: http://www.magentzedek.org/ and also here http://www.magentzedek.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/MT_standards.pdf

  • The standards seem impressive. Is the Magen Tzedek program operational? Is it evaluating and supervising? Is it active? – Yehuda W Jan 12 '17 at 14:48
  • "from a halachic perspective - is such food forbidden for any reason" It isn't really your fault that you didn't address this; more the fault of the OP for including too many questions in the post. – mevaqesh Apr 24 '17 at 19:25
  • However, I don't see how this answers the other parts of the question either: whether it addresses worker conditions, and whether it is still operational. – mevaqesh Apr 24 '17 at 19:26

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