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Big Ag’s Gifts for 2012

By Andrew Gunther | December 21, 2012

As the year comes to an end it’s become a tradition of mine to write a note of gratitude to Big Ag for the many ‘gifts’ they’ve given us throughout the year that we didn’t really want, need or – in some cases – didn’t even know about. Here’s my top 10 for 2012…

#10 – Undermining Organic With Industrial Practices

Many people are putting their faith in the “certified organic” label as an easy way to support farming systems that care about animal welfare, our health and the health of the planet. But the popularity of organic food is attracting industrial-scale operators who are exploiting the organic regulations for their own short-term gains. In October, news broke that a large-scale “organic” egg producer was being sued for making misleading marketing claims about the welfare of its chickens. Judy’s Family Farm Organic Eggs’ cartons feature images of hens roaming on green fields, while the carton explains the hens are “raised in wide open spaces in Sonoma Valley, where they are free to ‘roam, scratch, and play’.” Yet it’s alleged that the birds are kept in covered sheds with no outdoor access, misleading consumers. Sadly, this isn’t an isolated incident…

Hog and Dogs Ranch/Produce – Herald, CA

By Animal Welfare Approved | December 20, 2012

Debbie and Brien Campbell have been raising livestock and growing produce for themselves and friends since 1989. Like many farming families, the Debbie and Brien worked elsewhere to support the ranch and their family of nine. In 2008, the couple purchased a property in Herald, California, which Debbie named Hog and Dogs Ranch. When the hotel where Debbie worked as Food and Beverage Manager was sold, the family decided she would stay home and they would put all their efforts into the family ranch.