The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Our State Magazine recently announced the winners of the 2009 "Best Dish in North Carolina" competition. The winning dish, chosen from over 60 other entries from the mountains to the coast, was lamb carpaccio prepared by Chef Shane Ingram of Four Square Restaurant in Durham. Ingram served grassfed, Animal Welfare Approved lamb from Captain John S. Pope Farm in Cedar Grove. Farmer Bob Pope said of the achievement, "We're beside ourselves we're so elated. It's very exciting." Cousins and farming partners Bob and Tommy Pope had pretty good odds during the final selection process - three out of the ten finalists featured their lamb!
As consumer demand grows for products from animals raised with high-welfare standards, Animal Welfare Approved is pleased to launch its new Online Directory of AWA farms and AWA farmers’ products across the country. From beef to bison, milk to cheese, chicken to sheep, this directory is the go-to search engine to find the most humane products available in the United States.
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has lauded AWA’s welfare standards for two years running as being the most stringent in the U. S. Ecosalon.com (author Vanessa Barrington) says Animal Welfare Approved is “the best of the best” when it comes to humane farming.
Animal Welfare Approved farms are now in 42 states as well as Canada. That means AWA products are becoming more readily available. “AWA products can be found at the farm gate, farmers’ markets, national and regional retailers, and restaurants,” says Andrew Gunther, AWA program director. “The good news for consumers is that sustainable, high-welfare farms are growing in numbers. Sustainable farming is losing its quaint, niche persona, as AWA farmers prove on a daily basis. We have individual farms and cooperating farm networks supplying retailers and restaurants all over the country. This directory is yet another connection between the consumer and the farm.”
On this new directory you’ll find listings for AWA farms, farmers’ markets, restaurants, grocery stores and online shopping sources that will help bring better quality foods to your table. “Each week we receive countless requests from consumers who want to know where they can find AWA products,” says Gunther. “Our online directory will make it easier for people to find products from farms where animal welfare and the environment really do come first.”