Rabbi Robert G. Klensin, of Temple Beth Shalom in Arnold, recently returned from the Central Conference of American Rabbis, an organization made up of about 1,700 Reform rabbis.
Mr. Klensin, president of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the conference, reported on various items to his congregation, including a reminder that the conference supports a boycott of table grapes on ethical grounds -- because more pesticides are used on fresh grapes than on any other crop, he said.
"The pesticides are especially dangerous for farm workers. The World Resource Institute estimates that 300,000 farm workers are poisoned each year. Some pesticides are still used even though they have been outlawed," noted Mr. Klensin.