Judaism and Environmentalism: Bal Tashchit

Maybe we [most of us] are all guilty in one sense at least!

Rabbi Moshe Aaron Poleyeff (1888–1967, Europe and U.S.) wrote that overeating may be a double transgression of bal tashchit—first by wasting food, and second by harming one’s body.7 Overeating wastes food and harms the body.Rabbi Shaya Karlinsky (contemporary, Israel) considers taking more food than one can eat at a buffet to be bal tashchit.8