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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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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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