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15Oct 23
Hunger Games blog

Hunger Games

Research shows that feeding ruminants small quantities of grain is not usually harmful. If they are fed large quantities of grain, however, ruminants can suffer from serious diet- and digestion-related problems such as acidosis (a serious form of bovine heart burn that can lead to diarrhea, ulcers, liver disease and general ill health). Besides being detrimental to animal welfare, feeding grain also raises concerns about livestock competing directly with humans for food sources. On this basis, A Greener World advocates…

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28Aug 23
Cutting It Too Fine blog

Cutting It Too Fine

Modern slaughter facilities—especially smaller operations—can face significant challenges when attempting to provide an efficient service to their customers. By understanding the most common challenges that plants may experience, farmers and ranchers can help improve efficiencies at slaughter facilities—and avoid unnecessary delays and costs. Slaughter plant challenges Running a slaughter facility can be financially challenging, particularly for small-scale operations with high overhead costs, including equipment, maintenance and labor, and regulatory compliance. All slaughter facilities must comply with copious regulations and standards…

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18May 23
The Audit Trail

The Audit Trail

The fundamental role of our team of trained auditors is to assess whether a certified operation is compliant with AGW’s standards. After visiting your business, the auditor will submit a detailed audit report to AGW’s compliance team, identifying any issues that may have arisen on the day of their visit. These are known as a non-compliance or a critical non-compliance. The compliance team will then review the audit report for accuracy and completeness, before sending a Compliance Report back to…

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15May 23
Testing Times blog

Testing Times

Congratulations! You’ve decided to make a commitment to non-GMO certification to meet the rapidly growing public demand for products free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or genetically modified ingredients. You’ve carefully read AGW’s Non-GMO standards, submitted your application, and completed your first audit. You eagerly anticipate your certificate arriving in your mailbox. But after a few weeks, you start to wonder what could be taking so long? If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Let’s explore what happens to your…

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10May 23
In The Drink blog

In the Drink

Water is arguably the most important nutrient on earth. It is “the universal solvent,” providing just the right electrical charges to free important minerals for use in the body. Water-based lymphatic fluid flows between cells to deliver nutrients and remove waste products for excretion in urine and sweat. It keeps exposed tissues moist, evaporates for cooling, and helps keep animals warm in cold weather. If water is critical to the biological processes that sustain growth, health, and reproduction, then how…

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