I keep thinking that the need (or the debate over the need) both for government laws and industry rules or guidelines or standards, in the food industry, has some parallel to the more primitive rules of Kashrut. 

To some extent, could it be said that one of the functions of the Torah over the last 2000-3000 years has been to attempt to help us remain physically healthy via attempted assessment of what would be good food-related rules to follow, and attachment of superstition-related inducements to those rules?  I think that's obvious.

Now that modern scientists have had a chance to try to assemble updated ideas for health, there are times when it would seem to beg a question as to parallels with keeping Kosher.  In some cases, this is just about personal habits (e.g.: is it advisable for a person to eat meat or not, and if so, how much and what kind(s)?).  In some cases, this is a matter of the law (e.g.: some of us consider the question of whether many GMOs may prove harmful to human health to be unsettled at best, or (at worst) settled in favor of harming human health.

I did not grow up in a kosher or religiously observant environment, but there were some modest amounts of these principles, so as I follow the GMO debates, and as I just try to formulate and practice good eating and exercise and other health habits and practices, it goes through my mind sometimes that however primitive the Torah was and is, it seems a forensically interesting attempt to address food issues.

I wonder, if Judaism survives as a sort of New Atheistic Judaism, if it will include some sort of New Kosher type of concept.

I may copy and paste this question over to the forums, I'm not sure if the groups or the forums are where there is more discussion.

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Following the rules  of Kashrut  was always  a problem  for me.....It is true  that  eating  freshly  killed  chicken tastes  better  and  may even  be  healthier, it costs more and  is  not  convenient  to buy, since  you have to go to a Kosher  deli.......As a result, I rarely  eat it anymore......My major  guilty  pleasure is  shellfish....If it is ok  for  97%  of the population to eat it,  why is it  still forbidden  in Jewish law?.... I admit  I also  love  sausage with my eggs and have never  been sick  eating  either.......It just  shows me how  outdated  our  laws  are and  does  not  consider  the  vast  improvement in food safety in recent years.......I believe no one  has the right  to tell anyone  what  he or she  can or can not eat......I hope  I have not  offended anyone..........


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