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Farmer Julia's Blog — ethical meat

Eat Food... Not Too Much.... Mostly Plants

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I know I talk a lot about eating less meat but I know that it is easier said than done. Western society has a messed up relationship with food and with meat  in particular but, like many relationships, it doesn't matter how messed up they are.... if they are familiar, they're hard to get out of. If you've never been known another way, it can seem overwhelming to form new habits. 

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Where and How to Buy a Sustainable, Ethical Turkey

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Buying a turkey can be a tricky business if you care about animal welfare. There are a number of animal welfare certifying bodies out there now which seems like a good way to monitor that sort of thing but you really can't make assumptions about these standards. For example, farms certified through "Global Animal Partnership" can still employ practices such as beak and toe trimming (a common practice used to prevent the birds from injuring each other when kept in close quarters). Big companies know that consumers care about sustainability and animal welfare. We see it used in advertising everywhere these days.

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Tips for Buying Sustainable, Ethical Meat

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Seems like everyone is selling "local, sustainable, ethical" meat these days. It's big business and even companies like Walmart and McDonalds are cashing in on consumer demand for products that are produced using methods that take issues like animal welfare and the environmental into consideration. There are all kinds of certification and labeling systems designed, in theory, to bridge the gap between production methods and consumer knowledge. But for all these efforts, the waters just seem to be getting muddier and muddier and increasingly, words like "local, sustainable and ethical" are being diluted to the point where they don't mean much any more.

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What does "Sustainable" and "Ethical" Mean to You?

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So apparently we now sell the same product as A&W. I came upon this sign >> while fuelling up at a gas station that had an A&W in it. It got me thinking. If beef that has been finished on GMO grains for 120 days in a feed lot is sustainable and ethical, those words don't mean much these days. Dr. John Church (Thompson Rivers University; BC Regional Innovation Chair in Cattle Industry Sustainability & one of the presenters at the COABC conference last week) said in no uncertain terms that this exact practice is a form of, and I quote, "animal abuse."

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