Here at AWA, we’ve been thinking a lot about this special holiday and how we may have more in common with our ancestors than we think. Upon arriving in America, the early pilgrims ate what was locally available (granted, they didn’t have an alternative!). This happened to be animals that ranged and foraged in the woods and pastures, eating a diet specific to their natural needs and free from non-therapeutic antibiotics or added hormones. Sounds like a Certified AWA farm, doesn’t it? Meat, dairy, and eggs from animals raised outdoors on pasture or range is better for you, better for farmers, and better for the planet all great reasons to give thanks.
It’s Day 2 of Slow Food Nation and we have been meeting some incredibly committed and passionate members of the sustainable food movement. We were honored to participate in Changemakers Day, a gathering of non-profit leaders and food advocates from across the country. This meeting of the minds brought together the Slow Food community, government and non-governmental organizations, and representatives from all aspects of our food system.
We participated in some exciting panels and connected with many friends and fans.
We were happy to see Michael Pollan at Program Director Andrew Gunther’s Soap Box presentation on food labeling.
At Changemakers Day, Andrew joined Animal Welfare Approved farmer Will Harris on a grass-fed beef panel, along with Patricia Whisnant, Brian Kenny and renowned author Wendell Berry. Brian Anselmo, a partner in the Animal Welfare Approved turkey farm, Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch, joined a panel on introducing heritage breeds to the marketplace.
As Day 2 draws to a close, we are looking forward to meeting more kindred spirits tomorrow. We’ll keep you posted.