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18Jul 08

Announcing a New Grant Initiative to Improve Animal Welfare on Farms:

Washington, DC-President of the Animal Welfare Institute Cathy Liss and Director of the Animal Welfare Approved program Andrew Gunther are pleased to announce a new grant initiative that will offer funds of up to $10,000 for the sole pur­pose of improving animal welfare on farms. Current Animal Welfare Approved farmers and those who have sub­mitted an application to join the program are eligible to apply for these grants. The Animal Welfare Approved program and food label promote the well-being of…

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13Jul 08

CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) Continue to Expand: Consumers Partner with Local Farmers

Cutting Out the Middlemen, Shoppers Buy Slices of Farms by Susan Saulny New York Times Thursday, July 10, 2008 This recent article in the New York Times confirms the skyrocking popularity of Community Supported Agriculture or CSAs. We expect the number of CSAs to grow exponentially over the next few years and encourage everyone to look into partnering with a local farm. A good source of information is the Eat Well Guide and Local Harvest websites. You can search by…

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09Jul 08

Michael Pollan on What’s Wrong with Environmentalism

You'll want to read San Francisco-based journalist Kate Cheney Davidson's recent interview with Michael Pollan on "...there's a direct connection between the health of the soil, the health of the plants, the health of the animals, and you as eater. We're not just eating piles of chemicals that we can get from anywhere. All carrots are not created equal. Some of them are actually more nutritious than others. How the animals were raised has not just a bearing on…

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08Jul 08

Grass-Fed Beef Grows in Popularity

MSN Health and Fitness ran this article today, demonstrating the growing trend of consumer interest in grass-fed beef. From animal welfare to health concerns, the reasons for demanding grass-fed beef are beginning to dominate consumer consciousness. "Research is showing that beef from grass-fed cattle is leaner, healthier, and less costly to the planet - and may even be safer to eat than the heifers you''re chewing on now."\r\n\r\nSee\r\n\r\nGrass is Greener\r\n Want Steak Without Guilt? Go Against the Grain. By Lindsay…

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01Jul 08

Animal Welfare Approved Program Lauded by the World Society for the Protection of Animals

According to the WSPA, "This program [Animal Welfare Approved] currently has the most stringent animal welfare standards and includes certain animals not covered by other programs, such as rabbits and ducks. Animal Welfare Approved requires that all animals have regular access to the outdoors and prohibits physical mutilations like debeaking of hens and tail docking of pigs. This program also requires that producers be family farmers and does not allow producers that have dual humane and factory-farming operations to participate."…

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