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08Jul 09

Extreme June Heat in Iowa Led to Feedlot Deaths

According to Wallaces Farmer and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association (ICA), area feedlot operators were on 24-hour duty attempting to keep cattle cool during a rapid temperature increase in the final week of June. When routine practices such as providing shelter and shade were in many cases not enough, many feedlots activated sprinkler systems to cool both the cattle and ground temperatures. Despite these efforts, reported losses from affected regions range from 40 to 80 head. However, a loss of up…

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23Jun 09

NY State Governor’s Executive Chef Uses Animal Welfare Approved Beef!

Chef Noah Sheetz recently visited Kinderhook Farm in Ghent, NY and he was so impressed by the farm that he blogged about his experience. Noah said, "It undoubtedly is one of the cleanest and most picturesque farms in all of Columbia County." Noah is a strong advocate for supporting local NY farmers and has more recently started educating children about eating healthier foods. Below we've included a snippet of Noah's recipe which showcases Kinderhook Farm's Animal Welfare Approved beef ribs: Honey and Chili Glazed Beef Ribs with Creamed Swiss Chard and Potatoes
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13Jun 09

Animal Welfare Approved Launches Monthly Series of Consumer Alerts

ALERT 1: HIGH WELFARE DOESN''T ALWAYS EQUAL HIGH COST Tips for Shopping for Affordable Products from Animals Raised Outdoors with High Welfare Standards\r\n Animal Welfare Approved is pleased to announce the launch of a series of monthly consumer alerts to assist shoppers in understanding, locating and purchasing products from family farmers who utilize sustainable farming methods and raise their animals with high welfare standards. There is ample evidence that products from pasture- or range-raised animals are safer (lower salmonella and…

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10Jun 09

Eating Humanely in the Real World

Yesterday we mentioned the new film, Food, Inc., in which Michael Pollan and director Robert Kenner explore the unseen costs of the food we eat. The upcoming movie promises viewers that they will "never look at dinner the same way again," likely prompting viewers to seek alternatives to the industrial system it exposes. However, many fear that this alternative "real" food is too expensive. The reality is that it can actually be cheaper than factory farmed products, and can save…

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09Jun 09

New Film Takes a Closer Look At What We Eat

Food Inc., a new movie by Robert Kenner featuring Michael Pollan, debuts in select theaters this weekend and opens next week nationwide. The LA Times says it is "one movie that truly provides food for thought" while the New York Times calls it "eat-your-peas cinema that could make viewers not want to eat anything at all." ABC casts it as a film which "paints a vivid picture of the food we eat -- where it comes from, how it's made…

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