sustainable livestock husbandry

Our Heroes: The Newhalls and Joneses of Windy N Ranch

Windy N Ranch has become the first Animal Welfare Approved farm in the U.S. to receive approval for eight farmed species, including meat chickens and laying hens, laying ducks, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and turkeys. They continue to add livestock species to advance their vision of making the ranch a "one-stop operation."

USDA Fails to Verify 80 Percent of ''Humane'' and Other Meat Labels

What does "sustainably farmed" mean on a meat, poultry or egg label? We can't always be sure, according to a new Animal Welfare Institute report. With no standardized, consistent definitions, the USDA approves plenty of words without supporting evidence. Adding to the confusion: sometimes, the terms are accurate. Learn what AWI proposes we do next.

Pro-Pasture Friday

If you eat meat, eggs or dairy, check out the Pro-Pasture Friday campaign from Friends of Family Farmers; the organization is working to build support for sustainable farms by encouraging consumers to buy pasture-raised products on - you guessed it - Fridays.

Our Heroes: Lovell Grassfed Cattle Company

Over the winter, Ecocentric interviewed farmers across the country from our Eat Well Guide in an effort to highlight both the challenges and triumphs of sustainable farmers across the country. Join us as we delve in to discover what it means to be a farmer in the 21st century.

Our Heroes: Pam and Clint Cavers of Harborside Farms

Over the winter, Ecocentric interviewed farmers across the country from our Eat Well Guide in an effort to highlight both the challenges and triumphs of sustainable farmers across the country. Join us as we delve in to discover what it means to be a farmer in the 21st century.

Our Heroes: The Buchanan Family of Flying B Bar Ranch

This winter, Ecocentric is interviewing farmers across the country from our Eat Well Guide in an effort to highlight both the challenges and triumphs of sustainable farmers across the country. Join us as we delve in to discover what it means to be a farmer in the 21st century.

Do You Know the Food, Water and Energy Nexus?

How are food, water and energy connected? Find out in "Food, Water and Energy: Know the Nexus," a new paper that explains how and where these systems intersect, how they rely upon each other to function and how they can have a significant impact on each other.

Hack // Meat Takes Hackathon to Twitter

Tuesday, as an extension of the online conversation, foodies, techies, advocates and consumers converged from around the world on Twitter for a #HackMeat TweetUp to explore the future of meat and discuss its connection to our health and our kitchens.

Why Vegetarians Should Care About Meat Production

Let's face it: Meat is complicated. And it's emotional. Lines can be drawn in the sand and room temperature can skyrocket when the "I eat them to save them" crowd intersects with the "I eat no food with a face" group. Having munched my way through that entire spectrum, I insist that, when it comes to fixing what's wrong with America's meat, even vegetarians need to have skin in the game.

Brooklyn Grange Brooklyn Navy Yards Rooftop Farm

Brooklyn Grange has a new rooftop farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. We were there as they were setting it up this spring. Luckily the farm weathered the storm that was Sandy, although their beehives got blown away.

Heroic Endeavor: Cindy and Mike Ridenour’s Meadow Maid Foods

Learn how Cindy and Mike Ridenour, along with their daughter, Mary, have successfully operated Meadow Maid Foods - a sustainable producer and purveyor of grassfed beef and numerous vegetables - by integrating water and energy inputs to make their ranch nearly self-sufficient.

Our Heroes: Jake and Karen Fairbairn, Lazy Crazy Acres

In which we talk to Karen Fairbairn, co-owner of Lazy Crazy Acres Farm & Creamery, about life as a dairy farmer as well as the challenges with organic certification, and her recommendation to add "American Farming" to public school curriculum. We're in.

Our Hero: Carole Morison of Bird's Eye View Farm

Perhaps best known as the chicken farmer from Food, Inc., Carole Morison is a long-time poultry producer, sustainable agriculture activist and outspoken critic of the industrial food system. Here, she discusses her transition from industrial producer to sustainable farmer.

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