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21Feb 18

Welfare Birth Through Slaughter

Dear Aggie, I’m glad to know you visit the farms to see how the animals are raised, but what about slaughter - how do you guarantee it is done humanely? -Curious in Kentucky Dear Curious, Our standards go into great detail to ensure welfare at slaughter, and that animals are immediately rendered insensible (stunned) prior to slaughter. You’ll find our red meat slaughter standards here and poultry slaughter standards here. In fact, we are one of only two food labels…

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21Feb 18

Scaling Sustainability

Dear Aggie, I’m trying to make better purchasing decisions, and love what you do. I want to support systems like you certify, but I wonder if these kinds of farms can really supply larger markets and make a difference in our food system? Sincerely, Hungry in Hanover Dear Hungry, This is a great question. We have farms with hundreds of thousands of acres, and farms with two acres: it’s about system, not size. There is no farm size requirement as…

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21Feb 18

Holiday Giving Season

Dear Aggie, The holiday giving season is almost here. With so many different charities asking for donations, why should I give to AGW? We understand that you may feel bombarded or overwhelmed by nonprofits competing for your donations at this time of year. We also understand that you don't have to give. But we hope you will consider giving to AGW – and here's a few reasons why. We operate on a nonprofit basis and are reliant solely on donations…

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21Feb 18

Climate-Conscious in Cincinnati

Dear Aggie, I’ve heard cutting out meat from my diet will help save the world. Is that true? Climate-Conscious in Cincinnati Dear Climate-Conscious, Thanks so much for writing in and asking such a timely question. We actually wrote a short article about this recently to help clear things up. Here’s an excerpt and a link to the whole article: There’s been a lot of talk lately about the environmental and animal welfare impacts of animal agriculture. First we were told…

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21Feb 18

Certification vs. Regulation

Dear Aggie, Why are certification programs necessary? Doesn’t USDA or anyone else have any general farm animal welfare guidelines for farms and slaughter plants? Thanks, Asking in Alaska Dear Alaska, The truth is that voluntary programs, such as those offered by AGW, offer the most detailed animal management and welfare standards. In the U.S., only three main pieces of federal legislation relate to animal welfare: 1. Humane Methods of Slaughter Act This act does not apply to poultry or other…

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