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It is with great sadness that we share the loss of A Greener World’s Executive Director, Andrew Gunther, who passed away Friday, February 19. This sudden, tragic loss is a devastating one for the Gunther family, the AGW team, and all those working toward a sustainable food and farming future. We will share details on Andrew’s legacy and arrangements in the coming days and continue to hold the Gunther family in our thoughts.
Andrew’s leadership, expertise and relentless hard work drove the unprecedented growth of AGW’s flagship certification, Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, for over a decade, leading to its distinction as the only “highly meaningful” food label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability as designated by Consumer Reports. During his tenure, AGW expanded to offer five of the most trusted and transparent food labels and certification services to farms, ranches and food businesses around the globe. Andrew’s experience and passion for supporting and empowering farmers made him a true leader, an expert and a friend to many. Andrew was also a family man who farmed and worked daily alongside his amazing wife and true partner, Tracy, took pride in his two wonderful sons, and was excited to be a grandfather to his first grandchild. Andrew and Tracy worked hand in glove, supporting each other’s work in every sphere and enriching communities near and far through their love—both for each other and others.
As we extend condolences to everyone who knew and loved Andrew, we know that Andrew would want us to continue the important work that he started. Per Andrew’s wishes, AGW’s Director of Communications and Outreach, Emily Moose, will assume the role of Executive Director. We remain committed to the seamless function of our work and we will continue to communicate important pieces of the transition. If you have concerns or questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-373-8806.
While this unimaginable loss leaves our hearts heavy, may Andrew’s life and work inspire all of us to continue the work that must be done.