Rumors swirled that 1,200 people were expected at the Brooklyn Food Conference (BFC) on Saturday, May 2 at John Jay High School in Park Slope, Brooklyn. We were certainly surprised to find a projected 3,000 people in attendance and we even ran out of most of our materials! It was an honor to be invited to speak on the panel, "Our industrial meat complex: Hazardous to our health and our habitat" moderated by Kerry Trueman (co-founder of EatingLiberally.org) and to present testimony at the Public Hearing on Food Policy and Implementation with State and City Elected Officials. Animal Welfare Approved staffer Brigid Sweeney presented on behalf of independent pasture-based and high welfare farmers before State Senator Eric Adams, State Assembly member Jim Brennan, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and City Council Member Leticia James. The public hearing was moderated by David Buckel, civil rights attorney and BFC volunteer organizer, who is determined to make Animal Welfare Approved's voice heard for New York's legislative agenda.
Peron Parker raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) pigs on pasture at Parker Farms in Four Oaks, North Carolina. The pigs at Parker Farms are raised outdoors, where they are free to root and forage as pigs naturally do. This high-welfare management approach is a fundamental component of the AGW farm standards and is known to have environmental, nutritional and culinary benefits.
Peron raises Berkshire, Duroc, and Yorkshire cross hogs at Parker Farms. Berkshires are one of the oldest established breeds of pig and are noted for unique marbling of the entire carcass, which results in unmatched flavor of Berkshire pork. Berkshire sows are excellent mothers and respond best to a pasture-based farming system. Allowing these pigs to grow slowly and naturally equates to an unsurpassed pork quality. In addition to Berkshires, Peron raises Duroc and Yorkshire cross hogs—also known for their suitability to pasture-based systems and for their exceptional meat quality.
For more information about Parker Farms, contact Peron at (919) 963-2033 or email@example.com.