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18Sep 08

Greene County, Iowa, Sheriff to Investigate Pig-abuse Video Made by PETA

VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED: VIDEO DEPICTS VIOLENT ACTS AGAINST ANIMALS Yet another case of animal cruelty was exposed yesterday in a video released by the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Shot by an undercover worker in a conventional confinement house, the video shows multiple workers beating and shocking pigs with electric prods, and jamming rods into sensitive areas. The farm is a supplier for Hormel Foods of Austin, Minnesota. The abusive practices seem to be…

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17Sep 08

Animal Welfare Approved Featured in Today’s New York Times

Catherine Price wrote an article in today''s New York Times about various claims and labels that consumers find on egg cartons. Once again, Animal Welfare Approved was lauded as having the highest standards for the humane treatment of animals. She writes: "For eggs from chickens that live in the sort of utopia conveyed by the images on most egg cartons, look for "animal welfare approved." Available in limited markets, it is a new label by the Animal Welfare Institute that…

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15Sep 08

Changing the Way we Eat

"If you want to change the world, change what you eat. Food is one area of your life where small modifications can have a big impact. For one thing, you probably eat three or four meals a day, so any decision you make is multiplied a thousandfold over the course of a year. Second, the industrial food system is so far-reaching that by opting out of it even partly, you can have a positive impact on biodiversity, global warming, oil…

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11Sep 08

USDA Report on “Small” Chicken Operations

One of our colleagues recently passed along this USDA report on the characteristics of small chicken operations in the U.S. In this case, "small" is defined as a farm housing 1,000 to 19,999 birds. If you don't have time to read the entire report, there is a good summary on The Poultry Site. This report follows two others conducted by the USDA to analyze the United States poultry industry: Layers '99, which focused on risk factors for Salmonella, and Poultry…

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06Sep 08

Family Farmers Need Our Support Now More than EVER!

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is about to be immortalized by Hollywood as the 1990s nemesis to American agriculture, but moviegoers may be confused when they realize this villainized company is once again prospering at the expense of family farmers. ADM is the infamous U.S. agribusiness that had been found guilty of criminal price fixing in the 1990s. Fifteen years after its executives were jailed and the company was fined $100 million dollars ADM is again making huge profits, generating $70…

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Recent Posts

Going Non-GMO

Over the last decade, the growth in demand for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) products has…

Bovine Bloat

Bloat is over-distension of the rumen caused by the accumulation of fermentation gases in the…

Removing Livestock

Sometimes it is necessary to remove your animals from pasture for welfare reasons. AGW’s farm…


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