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Tyson Foods Announces Animal Treatment Audit

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Tyson Foods Announces Animal Treatment Audit

Last week Tyson announced their new Tyson FarmCheck™ Program – an animal treatment audit of suppliers’ farms.  Although Tyson denies a direct link between this new program and pressure from animal rights groups, there is undoubtedly a connection.  Although Tyson’s standards are still not stellar – they allow the use of gestation crates, for example […]

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Beyond Meat

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Beyond Meat

We at FARMetarian.com are very interested in the future of meat alternatives. Today Beyond Meat (a product that bills itself as “the first plant protein that looks, feels, tastes, and acts like meat”) announced that their product is now available for purchase in Northern California Whole Foods. If you’re in the area and happen to […]

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McDonald’s to End Gestation Crate Use

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McDonald's to End Gestation Crate Use

Yet another huge meat purchaser, McDonald’s, has made the commitment to end the use of gestation crates for pigs. While this won’t fully take effect until 2022 (10 years away!) at least it is a step in the right direction.  In many news articles Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection for the Humane […]

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Consumer Perceptions of Farm Animal Welfare

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Consumer Perceptions of Farm Animal Welfare

A recent report by the Animal Welfare Institute found that, “American consumers are increasingly aware of, and concerned about, how animals raised for food are treated.” The report details consumer attitudes toward farm animal welfare and finds that: Americans care about how farm animals are raised and theysupport regulating farm animal care “Humanely raised” is […]

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Wolfgang Puck, Animal Lover

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Wolfgang Puck, Animal Lover

Did you know that Wolfgang Puck has pledged to use only humanely treated animals in his restaurants? His definition may differ from yours, but FARMetarian loves to hear when businesses take a step in the right direction. So what does Wolfgang mean by “humanely treated”? Here’s what he pledges: Only serve eggs from cage-free hens. […]

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Safeway to Phase Out Pork from Gestation Crates

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Safeway to Phase Out Pork from Gestation Crates

In yet another step in the right direction, the national supermarket chain Safeway announced yesterday that they plan to phase out all pork products from suppliers who use gestation crates. In case you don’t already know, gestation crates are tiny 2×7 foot enclosures where many breeding sows (female pigs) spend most of their lives. They […]

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Having Your Meat and Eating It, Too?

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Having Your Meat and Eating It, Too?

The movement is growing! More and more people are coming to the same conclusion – it’s just not worth it to eat meat from factory farms. In yet another article about eating humanely raised meat, Diana Gitig summed up the basic sentiment of FARMetarians nicely, “Although I do not have a problem with the idea […]

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Graham Hill: Why I’m a Weekday Vegetarian

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Graham Hill: Why I'm a Weekday Vegetarian

We at FARMetarian.com applaud Graham Hill for taking steps to change his life and the world – for the better. Transcript: About a year ago, I asked myself a question: “Knowing what I know, why am I not a vegetarian?” After all, I’m one of the green guys: I grew up with hippie parents in […]