Preparing for the seder with the planet in mind
The Jew and the Carrot, the blog documenting the "new Jewish food movement" with a focus on health and sustainability, has some thoughts about bringing ecological awareness to Passover. Some are simple: Rather than cut flowers on the seder table, use potted plants for decoration.
Other suggestions require more effort.
In many homes, preparing for the holiday, which this year begins at sundown Monday, means a serious cleaning to make certain no leavened products -- even crumbs -- remain in the house. The blog suggests doing that cleaning with products that don't contain harmful chemicals.
Charoset, one of the foods eaten for its symbolism, often is made with apples and nuts. The Jew and the Carrot suggests using local apples and fair-trade nuts.
Take a look at the post for more ideas.-- Mary MacVean
Photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)