On November 5, a “news article” appeared word-for-word across countless livestock-related websites – including Drovers, Dairy Herd, Cattle Network, AgWired, DairyLine, Beef Magazine, and so on. No journalist is cited as the author on any of the sites where it is published, an indication that the piece was not a ”news article” at all but a press release issued by an unidentified source. Entitled “Environmentally Friendly Food Myths Debunked,” the news article provided coverage of a presentation given by Dr. Jude Capper at the 71st Cornell Nutrition Conference in October 2009. Her presentation reported findings from a recent paper co-authored with R.A. Cady and D.E. Bauman, entitled, “Demystifying the Environmental Sustainability of Food Production."
Since 2009, Kozen Sampson has raised Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) laying hens, in addition to bees and vegetables, at the Trout Lake Abbey Retreat in Trout Lake, Washington. Located at the base of Mount Adams on 23 acres, Trout Lake Abbey’s flock of 200 laying hens include Silver Laced Wyandottes, White Orpingtons, Light Brahmas, Black Austrolorps, Araucanas, and Barred Rocks. This assortment of breeds produce eggs that vary in color from light brown, to blue and green. The farm’s chickens roam freely on the pastures and orchard at Trout Lake Abbey where they can peck for insects and grubs, and are fed grains, fruits and vegetables that are grown on the farm. They are never given unnecessary antibiotics or other routine medications.
Raising his chickens on pasture is just one part of Kozen’s commitment to environmental sustainability: “We believe in a closed system of farming in which we compost organic matter to add back to our soil, plant only non-GMO seeds and foods, use certified organic seed and resources whenever possible, and minimize our day-to-day use of chemicals or other potential pollutants and toxic materials at the Retreat.”
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pasture-raised eggs from Trout Lake Abbey are available at several local retail outlets. For more information on the Trout Lake Abbey Retreat and farm, visit tlabbey.com and contact Kozen at firstname.lastname@example.org.