In an effort to assure consumers some retail and food-service companies are auditing the animal welfare procedures of packing plants. The packers, in turn, are starting to ask feedlots for signed affidavits stating their operations meet accepted standards.
ANALYSIS - Animal welfare has moved up the agenda for livestock production and companies are now embracing the concept and wanting to understand new solutions to improving conditions for animals bred for food.
It’s easy for the term organic to get mixed in with all the other diet and foodie fad buzzwords. It’s also easy to assume that organic is just another popular marketing ploy, like “all natural” and “eco-friendly.” Here's why we're confident that the government regulated “certified organic” label that exists here in our fine country is worth its weight in extra toonies
Living near a factory farm may endanger your health VOXXI Plenty has been said about the harm that Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) can cause to animals, but it bears remembering that factory farms pose health risks to the humans...
A new documentary from producer/director James Moll could be validating, enlightening or concerning, depending on your perspective. "Farmland" shares the perspectives of a half-dozen cattle ranchers, vegetable farmers and other rural Americans who operate far from the grocery shelves. For urban America, it is an eye-opening look at the people who produce much of the food we find at the supermarket. For those a little closer to our farmlands, it's a validation of a lifestyle far from the public eye. For Americans in general, it raises important questions that affect us all.
The egg-case is in disarray. Lack of federal labeling standards and misuse of category terminology such as “cage-free,” “organic,” and “free range” has led to mass consumer egg carton confusion. According to a recent Kelton Research survey, though 78 percent of Americans think the way hens are raised is important, over 170 million Americans don’t know what the term “cage-free” actually means. Adding to this confusion, more than one-quarter of Americans think “cage-free” and “free range” mean the same thing.*
Escherichia coli (E. coli) has been making the news lately, with recent cases reported in six states so far. But where does the bacterium come from, and how can infection be avoided? E. coli has an interesting history. It’s been around, well,...