November 29th, 2010 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
If you live in a city, fresh fruits and vegetables can be hard to come by. Sure, most major metropolises have farmers markets and the stuff is trucked in from nearby farms, but, it’s just not the same as a backyard garden.
Well, that’s changing. More and more city folk are getting together and starting community gardens, take Sydney, Australia for example.
Read More:Aussie City Dwellers Using “Urban Food Maps”
April 11th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
Yesterday, we alerted you to the Go Organic! for Earth Day campaign. Today’s blog entry provides a list of supermarkets that will participate in this month’s events.
Check with the manager of your local market for information on organic food demonstrations and free product samples. If your local market does not appear on this list, ask the manager to log onto the Go Organic! for Earth Day campaign website for additional information—and urge him to get with the program!
Participating National Grocery Retailers
- Ahold – Giant Foods/Top’s Markets
- Cub Foods
- Food Lion/Bloom’s
- Giant Eagle
- Greenlife Grocery
- Ingles Markets
- King Soopers/City Market
- King’s Super Markets
- Mustard Seed
- Town & Country
- United Supermarkets
- Whole Foods
- Wild Oats/Henry’s
- Woods Supermarkets
Read More:Support Markets That Promote Organic Food
January 16th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
USDA Photo: Ken Hammond
Mark your calendar so you can shop at your local Whole Foods Market on Tuesday, Jan. 24, when the company will donate 5% of its total global sales to the Animal Compassion Foundation.
“The quest for cheap food in our society has created an industrialized model of meat production in which animals are bred and raised in conditions focused on efficiency rather than on the basic needs of the animal,” says Whole Foods CEO and cofounder John Mackey. “As another important milestone on our path to being a responsible tenant of the planet, Whole Foods Market created the Animal Compassion Foundation to act as a forum in which meat producers can learn, share and be inspired to ensure animal welfare as a top priority.”
Whole Foods Market has set strict requirements for food safety and high standards for animal welfare in its Natural Meat Program. Last year’s launch of the Animal Compassion Foundation parallels the development of the company’s next generation of meat standards: the Animal Compassionate Standards, which will require farm environments to provide enhanced support of animals’ physical, emotional and behavioral needs. In the future, as specific standards for each species are completed and labeling logistics are finalized, producers who successfully meet the standards will be able to label their products with a distinct designation.
“The foundation was created to help producers make the transition to these higher levels of animal welfare that we are encouraging producers throughout the world to achieve,” Mackey says. “Over the long run, with access to the information available through the Animal Compassion Foundation, we hope more producers will see the intrinsic merits of raising animals in a compassionate manner and will be inspired to follow this lead.”
The foundation focuses on four primary areas:
- Searching the globe for ideas and innovations from ranchers and farmers who are raising their farm animals compassionately
- Creating a worldwide network of animal-compassionate producers to share knowledge and improve practices
- Collecting knowledge of compassionate husbandry methods in an online library to assist interested producers in successfully adopting these techniques
- Providing research money to producers for on-farm research and animal scientists to seek solutions to current husbandry issues
Read More:Shop at Whole Foods Market on Jan. 24