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07May 18

Walk a Mile in a Farmer’s Boots

Like millions of fellow Americans, you work hard every day to do the best job you can and provide for your family. Now imagine how disheartening it must be to know your boss or supervisor or customers are being told from every direction that the work you are doing is ‘bad' or ‘wrong'—or even ‘dangerous’? Well, you have just gotten a small insight into what it's like being a farmer today. While many advocacy groups working in food and farming…

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18Apr 18

Common Ground

Whatever your political persuasion, the current levels of social conflict and division we’re seeing today aren’t sustainable for any society. In times of social tension, we tend to seek safety among those who think and feel the same. In our social media-dominated world, it’s now even easier to select information sources consistent with our own positions—and exclude those that are not. It takes real courage to reach out to those who hold different views, to listen and challenge without igniting…

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06Apr 18

AGW’s Letter to The New York Times

Last month the New York Times published an article floating the idea of taxing beef to combat climate change. Here's our response: To the Editor: Instead of taxing beef, we should tax silver bullet “solutions.” Richard Conniff’s “The Case for a Carbon Tax on Beef” (Sunday Review, March 17) relies on bad science that fails to distinguish between feedlots and pastures. All beef is not equal: when cattle are raised on pasture in well-managed, high-welfare ecosystems they can store carbon,…

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13Mar 18

For Meat, Eggs and Dairy, USDA Organic Has Officially Sold Out. Here’s What You Can Do.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has just officially announced the withdrawal of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule. This rule, set to come into force this year, would have introduced a range of (albeit relatively meaningless) improvements to the Organic standards concerning animal management and welfare. For years, we at A Greener World (AGW) have been helping to distinguish Organic farmers with real credentials on animal welfare with our label, Certified Animal Welfare Approved by…

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21Feb 18

Will the Real Grassfed Please Stand Up?

Dear Aggie, What is the difference between Certified Grassfed by AGW and other grassfed labels? Thanks, Wondering in Wyoming Dear Wondering, According to recent research, demand for grassfed beef has increased by 25-30 percent every year over the last decade. As the market for grassfed products continues to grow, claims about grassfed production have proliferated as well. Some meat currently marketed as grassfed could come from animals confined on dirt feedlots for long periods outside the growing season, or where…

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