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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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03Jun 09

Animal Welfare Approved Featured in Winston Salem Journal Newspaper

The Animal Welfare Approved program and farmer Lee Menius have been featured in a major story in the Winston Salem Journal newspaper by the paper's food editor, Michael Hastings. "In 2001, Lee and his wife, Domisty, started moving away from conventional livestock agriculture toward raising animals naturally in pastures, slaughtering them humanely and selling the meat directly to consumers." "We're doing it because it's the right thing to do," Menius said. Last year, Menius started participating in a program for…

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21May 09

Farmers Enlist Mother Nature in Rodent Control

Farmers of Israel, Palestine and Jordan are utilizing an alternative method of pest control: birds of prey. Owls and kestrels are now being courted with nests and plentiful hunting grounds, that they may serve as a "natural" means to keep the rodent population in check. Previously, rodenticides had been sprayed on crops to deter the pests. This proved fatal to hundreds of birds of prey - including many endangered species - that died after eating the poisoned animals. Quests for an alternative method ultimately led to a government-funded program encouraging the erection of nesting boxes for owls and kestrels - birds whose complementary hunting patterns result in 24-hour rodent control. A kibbutz, or farming village, in the Bet-She'an Valley was one of the first to employ this method in 1983. The practice has now blossomed into a partnership between three countries, multiple charities, scientists and farmers, in an effort to reduce the amount of chemical pesticides used on middle eastern farms.
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