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April 27, 2018

Bad Wolf Bakery And Bistro And Companion Coffeehouse ‘Walk The Walk’ In Sustainable, Local And Verified Sourcing Practices

Local restaurant and coffeehouse now sourcing Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pasture-raised chicken eggs from Home Farm Foods in Culver, OR


April 19, 2018

Trend Forecast: Verified Traceability and Sustainablity From Farm to Fashion

Central Grazing Company in Lawrence, KS, launches Kickstarter campaign for the market’s first Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW sheep leather handbag line


April 5, 2018

Sustainable Farmer Outstanding in the Field

Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW farmer, Ronald Simmons of Master Blend Family Farm, wins 2018 NC A&T’s Small Farmer of the Year award


March 27, 2018

Green Dirt Farm in Weston, MO, Wins Two Best of Class Awards at World Championship Cheese Contest
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW cheesemaker proves sustainable agriculture produces world-class, award-winning cheese


November 30, 2017

Caputo Brothers Creamery in Spring Grove, PA Wins At World Cheese Awards 2017

Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW cheesemaker proves sustainable agriculture produces world award-winning cheese

November 17, 2017

Leading Farm Certifier Provides Farm-To-Cart QR Code Traceability, Connecting Farmers and Consumers

Grocery Shoppers Can Now Scan A Greener World’s QR Coes For A Virtual Visit To The Farm

September 29, 2017

Second Dairy Cattle Farm in North America Adds Top Grassfed Labels to Top Animal Welfare Certification

Working Cows Dairy in Slocomb, AL, now Certified Grassfed by AGW, the only high-welfare grassfed label

September 26, 2017

Leading Sustainability Certifier Launches New Membership Program

A Greener World offers a new way to support positive food and farming


September 22, 2017

Largest Pastured Pork Cooperative in South East Celebrates 10 Years

Since 2007, the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association has produced pork outdoors on pasture using sustainable, high-welfare management practices.

July 14, 2017

Largest Pasture-Raise Pork Cooperative In The Southeast Goes Certified Non-GMO by AGW

The North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association demonstrates commitment to transparent sustainability with Animal Welfare Approved and Certified Non-GMO by AGW.

March 28, 2017

Top National Dairy Awards Prove Sustainable Farming Equals Great Food

Pure Éire Dairy won three awards–including one Best in Class–for their Certified Grassfed by A Greener World (AGW) cow’s milk yogurts at the 19th biennial U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.


January 26, 2017

Leading Animal Welfare Certification Unveils New Logo

After months of constituent feedback, market research and design work, A Greener World (AGW)–North America’s most trusted and transparent farm certifier–has released a brand new logo for its market-leading third-party certification, Animal Welfare Approved.


January 20, 2017

Top National Food Awards Prove Sustainable Farming Equals Great Food
Two Animal Welfare Approved products received national awards at the 2017 Good Food Awards ceremony, in recognition of their leading contribution to creating sustainable, delicious and vibrant food economies across the U.S.



December 16, 2016

Largest Restaurant In New Mexico Awarded Top Environmental And Animal Welfare Certification

The flock of laying hens at the El Pinto Restaurant Farm is now certified as Animal Welfare Approved–making it the only restaurant in the nation to have a Certified AWA laying hen program on restaurant property, and the largest restaurant in North America to serve Certified AWA eggs.


August 2, 2016

Top National Cheese Awards Prove Sustainable Equals Great-Tasting Food

Five Certified AWA farms won 17 American Cheese Society Awards for their high-welfare, environmentally responsible dairy products. This year’s American Cheese Society Award winners were announced on July 29 at the 33rd Annual ACS Conference in Des Moines. Winners were selected from over 1,840 entries of cheeses and cultured dairy products from 260 companies across 37 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces.


July 29, 2016

First Dairy Cattle Farm in North America Awarded Top Animal Welfare and Grassfed Certification

Pure Éire Dairy is the first dairy cattle farm to be Certified Grassfed by A Greener World (AGW)–one of North America’s most trusted and transparent farm certifiers.


May 9, 2016

Leading Certifier Launches Low-Cost Non-Genetically Engineered Food Label

A Greener World (AGW)–the leading sustainable farm certifier–is launching a new label: Certified Non-GE by AGW. This label will guarantee that a food product is produced without the use of genetically engineered (GE) feed, supplements or ingredients, and comes from animals raised according to the highest animal welfare standards using sustainable agriculture methods.


April 11, 2016

New Tool Changes The Game For Sustainable Farmers and Ranchers

A Greener World (AGW) launched Farm Health Online, an interactive website and database to support high-welfare management of farm animals in outdoor systems. Working in partnership with the UK’s Duchy College Rural Business School, the fully referenced website features information on over 100 common livestock diseases and provides immediate access to practical, science-based advice on positive livestock management and sustainable farming practices. Farm Health Online is free and publicly available.


January 22, 2016

Top National Food Awards Prove Sustainable Farming Equals Great Food
FOUR Certified AWA farms walked away with national awards at the recent 2016 Good Food Awards ceremony at Fort Mason’s Herbst Pavillion in San Francisco, in recognition of their leading contribution to creating vibrant, delicious, sustainable local food economies across the U.S. James Ranch Artisan Cheese in Durango, CO; Prodigal Farm in Rougemont, NC; and Toluma Farms and Tomales Farmstead Creamery in Tomales, CA.


January 7, 2016

First Farm in Arkansas Awarded Top Grassfed And Animal Welfare Certification

M&M Farms in Rudy, AR, uses sustainable agriculture methods to produce Certified Grassfed by AWA beef.




December 10, 2015

First Ranch In Wyoming Awarded Top Grassfed And Animal Welfare Certification

Prairie Monarch Bison Ranch in Laramie, WY, uses sustainable agriculture methods to produce Certified Grassfed by AWA bison.


November 19, 2015

Certified AWA Chapel Hill Creamery Earns Prestigious Award For Leadership In Sustainability

Sustainable farmers Portia McKnight and Florence Hawley of Chapel Hill Creamery named 2015 Farmers of the Year by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.


November 18, 2015

First Farm In Missouri Awarded Top Grassfed And Animal Welfare Certification

High Springs Farm in Buffalo, MO, uses sustainable agriculture methods to produce Certified Grassfed by AWA beef.


October 15, 2015

First Farm In Connecticut Awarded Top Grassfed And Animal Welfare Certification

Millstone Farm in Wilton, CT, uses sustainable agriculture methods to produce Certified Grassfed by AWA sheep.


September 15, 2015

North Carolina’s Rare Earth Farms Is Now “The Farm With A Food Truck”

Customers in the Raleigh area can now enjoy convenient and sustainably produced grassfed hamburgers with the launch of Rare Earth Farms’ Food Truck.


August 18, 2015

NC Farm Wins Top National Cheese Award, Proving Sustainable Equals Great Tasting Food

Rowdy Gentleman Goat Milk Cheese, an aged goat cheese washed in a sour beer, from Certified AWA Prodigal Farm in North Carolina gained third place at this year’s American Cheese Society Award for the Washed Rind Cheeses – goat’s milk class.


August 12, 2015

Feast 50 Awards Recognize Local Cheesemakers, Butcher Committed To High Welfare And Sustainability

Two Certified AWA farms are among the winners at Feast Magazine’s 2015 FEAST 50 awards—an annual celebration of the best of the best in food and drink in the Midwest.


August 4, 2015

Top National Cheese Awards Prove Sustainable Equals Great Tasting Food

Ellie’s Cloudy Down Goat Milk Cheese from Certified AWA Ruggles Hill Creamery in Massachusetts is the winner of this year’s American Cheese Society Award for Goat’s Milk Cheese (aged 31 to 60 days). Ruggles Hill Creamery also won the Soft-Ripened with Flavor Added (all milks) category for their Lea’s Great Meadow Goat Milk Cheese, and third place in the American Made/International Style (made from goat’s milk) category for their Alys’s Eclipse cheese.

Three other Certified AWA farms–Consider Bardwell Farm of Vermont, Prodigal Farm of North Carolina, and Green Dirt Farm of Missouri–also received awards at the 2015 ACS Judging & Competition, bringing the total to eight awards received by Certified AWA farms at the competition.


July 23, 2015

First Farm In Montana Awarded Top Grassfed And Animal Welfare Certification

LOHOF Grass-Finished BEEF uses sustainable agriculture methods to produce Certified Grassfed by AWA beef.


July 1, 2015

Top Specialty Food “Oscars” for Two Vermont High-Welfare, Sustainable Farms

Raspberry Rhubarb Goat Milk Caramels from Certified AWA Big Picture Farm in Vermont is the winner of the sofi™ Award for Outstanding New Product of 2015. Big Picture Farm also won the Outstanding Confection category for their Goat’s Milk Chai Caramels. A second Certified AWA farm–Fat Toad Farm, also of Vermont–won Outstanding Product Line for their Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauces. A sofi is considered the top accolade in the $109-billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for specialty outstanding food innovation.


June 23, 2015

First Farm In British Columbia Awarded Top Grassfed And Animal Welfare Certification

Lemieux Creek Ranch in Telkwa, BC, uses sustainable agriculture methods to produce Certified Grassfed by AWA beef.


May 21, 2015

First Farm In Washington Awarded Top Grassfed And Animal Welfare Certification

Windy N Ranch in Ellensburg, WA, uses sustainable agriculture methods to produce Certified Grassfed by AWA beef cattle, goats, and sheep.


May 7, 2015

First Farm In Vermont Awarded Top Grassfed And Animal Welfare Certification

Shire Beef in Vershire, VT, uses sustainable agriculture methods to produce Certified Grassfed by AWA beef.


April 28, 2015

First Farm In The U.S. Awarded Top Grassfed And Animal Welfare Certification For Sheep

Kinderhook Farm in Valatie, NY, uses sustainable agriculture methods to produce Certified Grassfed by AWA lamb and beef.


April 23, 2015

First Farm In North Carolina Awarded Top Grassfed And Animal Welfare Certification

Ray Family Farms in Louisburg, NC, uses sustainable agriculture methods to produce Certified Grassfed by AWA beef.


April 20, 2015

Dole & Bailey–First Food Distributor To Become Certified AWA

Dole & Bailey–the leading processor, butcher, and distributor of local meat and sustainable produce to chefs in the Northeast since 1868–is strengthening the Dole & Bailey brand with certification of its food processing, packing, and distribution systems by Animal Welfare Approved (AWA). This certification assures chefs, restaurants, and hotels that Dole & Bailey’s handling, processing, and record-keeping procedures provide absolute traceability of Certified AWA food products–from the field right through to the plate.


April 8, 2015

First Farm In New York Awarded Top Grassfed And Animal Welfare Certification

Grazin’ Angus Acres in Ghent, NY, uses sustainable agriculture methods to produce Certified Grassfed by AWA beef.


January 27, 2015

New Certification Supports Growing Demand For Grassfed Meat

A new food certification label is setting the standard in the U.S. when it comes to 100% grassfed meat. AWA’s new Certified Grassfed label is the only label that guarantees food products come from animals fed a 100% grass and forage diet, raised outdoors on pasture or range for their entire lives, and managed according to the highest welfare and environmental standards in the U.S. and Canada. Although other grassfed labels exist, none has fully met consumer expectations when it comes to a grassfed and forage diet, environmental management, and farm animal welfare–until now.



June 19, 2014

New Partnership Between Pioneering Belcampo, Inc. and Animal Welfare Approved Looks Set to Break the Meat Industry Mold

Belcampo, Inc., one of the nation’s most ambitious sustainable meat companies, is strengthening its brand by establishing a new partnership with Animal Welfare Approved—the only food label that requires all animals to be raised on pasture or range by independent farmers who are also farming with the environment in mind


June 11, 2014

Los De Mora Local Growers’ Cooperative Partners with Top Third-Party Certifier

Los de Mora Local Growers’ Cooperative, a producer group of 35 family farms and ranches in the Mora, N.M. area, has voted to require all livestock producer-members to become Animal Welfare Approved. Customers who buy the Co-op’s eggs will now have the quality assurance that comes with Animal Welfare Approved certification, which ensures animals are raised in accordance with the highest welfare standards in the U.S.

May 5, 2014

2014 United States Barista Champion Chooses High-Welfare, Sustainable Milk For Competition Success

Laila Ghambari, who was named the 2014 United States Barista Champion at the Specialty Coffee Association of America, sources milk for her award-winning cappuccinos from cows raised in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S. and Canada.



September 12, 2013

AWA Launches Free Food Labels Exposed App

Animal Welfare Approved has launched a new smartphone app that helps consumers decipher food packaging and restaurant menus. Available for both iPhone and Android devices, AWA’s Food Labels Exposed is a free app that provides succinct, clear, and factual definitions for over 80 common food terms and claims.


August 5, 2013

First Farm in the U.S. Gains Dual Top Animal Welfare and Wildlife Friendly Certifications

Sharon Blick of Living Earth Farm is the first farmer in the U.S. to achieve dual certification from both Animal Welfare Approved and Certified Wildlife Friendly™ for her flock of laying hens, meat birds, and herd of dairy goats. The Certified Wildlife Friendly program is designed to assess and reward farmers and ranchers across the U.S. and Canada who coexist with native predator and wildlife species. Blick participated in a third-party audit, carried out by an Animal Welfare Approved auditor, to demonstrate compliance with the specific standards.


July 22, 2013

First Government Approved Food Label For 100% Grassfed Meat Introduced in Canada

A new food certification label is now available for 100% grassfed meat products in Canada. Animal Welfare Approved is introducing the first and only food label which guarantees that food products marked as grassfed come from animals fed a 100% grass and forage diet and are raised entirely outdoors on pasture or range for their entire lives.


June 20, 2013

Red Apron Butcher Partners With Animal Welfare Approved To Source Whole Hogs Raised According To The Highest Animal Welfare Standards

Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) is pleased to announce that Chef Nathan Anda’s Red Apron Butcher is the first butcher shop in the country to source 100% Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) hogs for its butcher shops in the Washington, D.C. area.  The hogs are raised according to the highest welfare and environmental standards on pasture based family farms.  Red Apron recently opened its first storefronts in Northeast D.C. and in Merrifield, Virginia, and a third Red Apron store is set to open this summer in Washington’s Penn Quarter, increasing the accessibility of sustainable meat products in the Washington, D.C. area.


April 29, 2013


Animal Welfare Approved is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Good Husbandry Grants which help promote innovative, forward thinking farming techniques. Forty-two grants have been awarded to farms and slaughter plants across the nation to improve animal welfare and allow pasture-based farmers to increase productivity for their operations.


April 2, 2013

Animal Welfare Approved Becomes Only Program Focused on High-Welfare, Sustainable Farming Practices To Receive ISO Quality Assurance Standard

Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) is now accredited to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 65. This makes AWA the only program in the U.S. accredited to ISO 65 that audits and certifies sustainable family farms according to the highest welfare standards.


February 11, 2013

Food Law Society To Host Harvard Law School’s First Conference On Food Labeling

The Harvard Law School Food Law Society is hosting its second food policy conference, and the first law school-hosted conference dedicated to examining the issue of food labeling from a legal perspective in Cambridge, Mass. on March 8-9, 2013. The conference will explore the legal and policy aspects of food labeling, specifically its effects on consumer knowledge, choice, and behavior, and will feature a series of lecturers and panelists who are experts in the field.



September 4, 2012

North Carolina Pastured Pork Farmer Makes Sustainable Food Accessible and Affordable

Dixon Family Farms is now accepting EBT benefits though the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP,” formerly the Food Stamp Program), in order to meet the needs of the Greene County community. EBT provides assistance to individuals at the poverty level and EBT cards can be used to make food purchases at participating vendors, which now includes Dixon Family Farms. The farm was recently AWA-certified for pigs, meaning the animals are raised according to the highest animal welfare standards. Dixon Family Farms accepting EBT benefits enables community members of all income levels to enjoy high-welfare pork and provides the community with sustainable food choices.


August 6, 2012

Animal Welfare Approved Introduces the Only Audited Certification Program in the U.S. for Farms Coexisting with Predators

Farmers and ranchers taking steps to coexist with some of our most important native predator species will benefit from a new third-party audited certification program audited by Animal Welfare Approved (AWA), designed specifically to assess as well as reward wildlife conservation practices achieved at the farm or ranch level.


June 7, 2012

Animal Welfare Approved Shows Marked Success in Branded Egg Carton Program

Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) is launching a new branded 6-count egg carton, following the remarkable success of the AWA-branded 12-count egg carton last year. The introduction of the new carton comes in direct response to requests from farmers in the program for a 6-count egg carton to meet consumer demand.


April 26, 2012

New Study Discovers: Consumers Reward Transparent Labeling

Animal Welfare Approved (AWA), the nonprofit certification program for pasture-based family farms, and the Center for Sustainable Tourism at East Carolina University, have just announced the results of a survey aimed at understanding consumer preference for sustainable meat, dairy and eggs.


February 1, 2012

Animal Welfare Approved Refutes Misleading Conclusions of Antibiotic Resistance Research

AWA has strongly criticized the conclusions of a recent research paper from the UK’s University of Glasgow on the link between farm antibiotic use and the development of antibiotic resistant disease in humans for being “misleading” and “highly irresponsible.”


January 18, 2012

Animal Welfare Approved Funds the Future of Farming: 2011-2012 Good Husbandry Grants

AWA is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 Good Husbandry Grants which help promote innovative, forward thinking farming techniques. Thirty-six grants have been awarded to farms across the nation to improve animal welfare and allow pasture-based farmers to increase productivity for their operations.


January 10, 2012

Twelve Year Old Farmer Hatches Successful Pasture-Raised Egg Business

Amidst the reality that the average age of farmers in the U.S. is rising, twelveyear-old Shelby Grebenc, founder of “Shelby’s Happy Chapped Chicken Butt Farm,” has become the youngest Animal Welfare Approved farmer. Shelby’s AWA certification lets consumers know that the laying hens on Shelby’s farm were raised in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S., using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent family farm.



September 27, 2011

Announcing First Animal Welfare Approved Restaurant in U.S. Grazin’ to Open in Hudson, NY

Animal Welfare Approved announces the October 1, 2011 opening of the first Animal Welfare Approved Restaurant, Grazin’, in Hudson, New York. Grazin’ is the first restaurant in the U.S. using only Animal Welfare Approved meat, eggs and dairy products. Restaurants can only earn the distinction of being an “Animal Welfare Approved Restaurant” if all meat, dairy and egg products are from Animal Welfare Approved farms.


September 7, 2011

Animal Welfare Approved Announces Landmark Sustainable Meat Conference

George Washington University’s Urban Food Task Force, Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) and the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) have joined forces by providing a platform for DC’s vibrant culinary community to focus on strengthening the supply chain for sustainably raised meat.

June 17, 2011

Animal Welfare Approved Offers Grants for Farmers and Slaughter Plants

Animal Welfare Approved is offering grants of up to $5,000 to improve farm animal welfare on AWA-certified farms and farms that have applied for the free certification. Slaughter plants working with AWA farms are also eligible for funding. A primary goal of this grant program is to facilitate the growth and success of high-welfare, pasture-based systems. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2011. Farmers and slaughter plants interested in applying should visit the AWA Good Husbandry Grants page or contact Grants Coordinator Emily Lancaster at or (202) 618-4497.


June 9, 2011

Animal Welfare Approved Launches National Pasture-raised Egg Brand With Release of New AWA Egg Cartons

Animal Welfare Approved recently announced that it is launching an innovative marketing opportunity for pastured egg farmers that are certified by the nonprofit organization. Beginning this summer, AWA farmers raising laying hens and selling eggs can begin using specially designed AWA-branded egg cartons.


April 22, 2011

New Interstate Inspection and Shipment Program Expected to Benefit Farmers

In a move expected to help thousands of farmers, the USDA has ruled that state-inspected meat and poultry can now be sold across state lines.  The ruling establishes a new voluntary cooperative interstate shipment program, and Animal Welfare Approved applauds it as a common sense move that will benefit independent farmers and bolster animal welfare.


April 5, 20011

Consumer Alert: Things You Want To Know About Easter Eggs

Those who celebrate Easter often do so by boiling eggs, coloring eggs, hiding eggs, rolling eggs and eating eggs.  But what do you look for when choosing eggs for Easter or everyday consumption?  Animal Welfare Approved shares a few tips on finding the best tasting and healthiest eggs for your family and provides some ideas on how to heighten your enjoyment of this holiday that celebrates renewal and the coming of the spring season.


March 9, 2011

The Best Burger in St. Louis is Animal Welfare Approved

St. Louis Magazine says there is no doubt: “Five’s is the best hamburger in the city. And at $10, a steal.” Five Bistro of Saint Louis uses Animal Welfare Approved beef for its burgers, which means animals are raised on pasture, given no unnecessary medications and lead lives that are low on stress and high on care. It’s American Grassfed Beef from the Whisnant family farm based in Doniphan, Missouri, which strictly adheres to AWA’s high standards for animal welfare.


February 10, 2011

Nationwide Survey on Food and Tourism Launched

Animal Welfare Approved has teamed up with the Center for Sustainable Tourism at East Carolina University to conduct a nationwide study on American food choices and tourism. The project aims to develop a greater understanding of the sustainable food market, motivations for purchase, and eating preferences while traveling.  How far will people go to get the foods they really want? The survey is available here online.


February 1, 2011

AWA Teams Up With UK Partners To Develop World Class Animal Welfare Assessments

Animal Welfare Approved is proud to be a partner on a new project with the world renowned Bristol University Veterinary School, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and the Soil Association, all in the United Kingdom. The “AssureWel” project will improve how animal welfare is assessed.


February 1, 2011

More Proof that AWA Standards For Animal Welfare Are The Best In The US

In the latest published version of a side-by-side comparison of farm animal welfare standards, Animal Welfare Approved is shown to be the best.  A leading welfare organization, Humane Farm Animal Care, has just produced a new edition of a comparison of standards of animal care required by USDA/Organic, American Humane Certified, Global Animal Partnership (GAP/Whole Foods Market) and others, and once again, AWA’s standards are the most rigorous for farm animal care.


January 21, 2011

News and Observer Restaurant Awards

AWA farms are supplying many of the North Carolina Research Triangle’s best restaurants.  The News & Observer food critic picks his favorites.  Restaurant winning “Restaurant of the Year” serves only AWA beef from Rare Earth Farms.


January 13, 2011

Animal Welfare Approved Funds the Future of Farming

Animal Welfare Approved is helping promote innovative, forward thinking farming techniques through its Good Husbandry Grants program. Twenty-eight grants have been awarded to farms and slaughter plants across the nation to improve animal welfare and allow pasture-based farmers to increase productivity for their operations.

January 12, 2011

AWA’s New Online Directory

Looking for humane, sustainable farms and products?  Search no further than the new AWA Online Directory.  Find restaurants, retailers, farmers’ markets, CSAs, farms and farm shops and all places where AWA products are available.  Nothing in your area?  Order on online or by phone at many outlets!



December 29, 2010

USDA’S  New Meat Labels -­‐  Great,  but  Where  Does  Your  Meat   Really  Come From?

The new nutrition labels for meat products from the USDA are a terrific step forward.  But even with all the listings for fat, protein and vitamins, you still can’t tell where your meat really came from or how it was produced.  Current law in the United States only requires a farmers to hand over  an affidavit saying he/she raised a meat animal.  But that affidavit doesn’t require notarization, audit or any other kind of verification.  That animal could have been raised under brutal unsanitary conditions and the consumer and the government would never know.


December 29, 2010

Consumer Alert: Want Good Luck for 2011? Eat Pork … Pastured Pork

Chickens move backwards as they scratch the ground to get their food. Cows stand still. But pigs move forward as they root around to get a meal. So the legend goes that if you eat pork on New Year’s Day, you’ll move forward in the New Year.


December 10, 2010

An American Legend Becomes Animal Welfare Approved

Some of the best burgers in the United States are now being made with humanely raised beef, thanks to Animal Welfare Approved, American Grass Fed Beef, and Dan Rosenthal, owner-operator of the Rosenthal Group.  The legendary Poag Mahone’s, of the Rosenthal Group, is the very first restaurant in Chicago to be serving this prized beef.

November 30, 2010

Vermont Farm Wins Gold Medal: One of the Best Cheeses in the World is also from an Animal Welfare Approved Farm!

A rare moment has come in food history:  world-class American cheeses are being celebrated. Consider  Bardwell Farm of West Pawlet, Vermont has received top honors at what some call the Olympics for cheese producers—the World Cheese Awards in Birmingham, England. Consider Bardwell Farm received a gold medal for its Manchester semi-hard goat’s milk cheese this past weekend.


November 9, 2010

Five Animal Welfare Approved Farms Featured at the New Amsterdam Market, Sunday, November 14

Roxbury Farm of Kinderhook, NY,  High View Farm of North Hanover, NJ, JW Beef of Stonington, CT, and Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery of King Ferry, NY will offer AWA products including pork, beef, lamb, cheese and yarn. Grassfed beef from AWA’s Grazin’ Angus Acres will be featured in a special Danish dish, Smørrebrød (pronounced “smoe-bruth”), served at the Danish Consulate-sponsored Smørrebrød Table 2010.


October 6, 2010

Animal Welfare Approved Congratulates AWA Farmer Jeremiah Jones, the 2010 Glynwood Farmer Harvest Award Winner

Program Director Andrew Gunther is pleased to announce that Animal Welfare Approved farmer Jeremiah Jones of GrassRoots Pork Company in Beulaville, North Carolina has been awarded the 2010 Glynwood Farmer Harvest Award. Glynwood, a nonprofit dedicated to sustainable agriculture and farmland preservation, gives this award to highlight innovative work being done to increase access to fresh, locally produced food and to recognize leaders from across the country who are supporting regional agricultural systems.


August 26, 2010

Demand for Pasture-Raised Eggs Rising After Massive Recall

Animal Welfare Approved set to offer consulting services free of charge to farmers wanting to start up pastured egg operations.


August 4, 2010

New Clarification of On-Farm Poultry Processing  Regulations a Boon  for North Carolina Pastured Poultry

This June, Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) and Wild Turkey Farms co-hosted a poultry processing workshop using a Mobile Processing Unit (MPU)–essentially a slaughterhouse on wheels that can be moved from farm to farm as needed. The MPU was funded by Animal Welfare Approved and built by farmer Lee Menius of Wild Turkey Farms as part of AWA’s Good Husbandry Grants program. The MPU came at time when a new clarification of processing regulations could greatly expand markets for pastured poultry in North Carolina.


August 3, 2010

Clinton-Mezvinsky Wedding Features AWA Short Ribs from Grazin’ Angus Acres

Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) farmer Dan Gibson of Grazin’ Angus Acres in Ghent, New York, first heard the rumor on Sunday morning—the short ribs he had been accumulating and subsequently supplied to a mysterious buyer had been served at the reception following Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday, July 31 in Rhinebeck. The rumors abounded that Grazin’ Angus Acres had been named on the menu. Unable to confirm this, AWA approached the caterer who had purchased the ribs. AWA spoke with Rob Cano at RCano Events to confirm that Grazin’ Angus Acres short ribs were the short ribs being written about by gossip columnists and bloggers.


July 13, 2010

Former New York State Senator Nancy Larraine Hoffmann’s Hoffmann Farm Awarded Animal Welfare Approved Seal

Hoffmann Farm in Fabius, New York, owned by former New York State Senator Nancy Larraine Hoffmann, has been awarded the Animal Welfare Approved seal. Senator Hoffmann a longtime advocate for family farmers, served in the New York State Senate from 1984 to 2004, where she was the Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee from 1984 to 1998 and Chairwoman of the Agriculture Committee from 1999 to 2004.


July 9, 2010

AWA Announces 2011 Good Husbandry Grants

Animal Welfare Approved is pleased to announce that it will offer a third year of Good Husbandry Grants.  AWA is seeking proposals for projects to improve farm animal welfare with a concentration on three areas: increased outdoor access, improved genetics and improved slaughter facilities.


June 14, 2010

AWA Baldwin Beef Voted Best by the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently compared five grassfed beef brands and Animal Welfare Approved Baldwin Family Farms took the trophy for best filet and was voted best overall.  WSJ’s “Cranky Consumer” Peter King evaluated each brand for ease of ordering, product selection and taste. Testers noted the “purity” of flavor in Baldwin Beef’s filet mignon, which farmer Mac Baldwin credits to quality pastures, nutritious forages and good management.


June 9, 2010

AWA and The Pit Go Whole Hog at the Big Apple BBQ

For ethical eaters attending this year’s Big Apple BBQ in New York City June 12-13, a visit to legendary pitmaster Ed Mitchell and The Pit restaurant booth will be an exceptional opportunity to satisfy a hunger for ‘cue while supporting family farmers who raise their animals with the highest humane standards. The Pit, of Raleigh, North Carolina, will be serving its signature whole-hog barbecue made exclusively from Animal Welfare Approved pastured pork supplied by the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association (NCNHGA).


April 12, 2010

Bestselling Authors, Food, Inc.Farmer and Grassfed Beef Expert to Speak About the Future of Farming May 4 in Washington, DC

The future of high-welfare, environmentally and financially sustainable livestock farming is brighter than industrialized agriculture would have us believe, says a panel of experts convening on May 4, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in Washington, DC for a public discussion, “Green Pastures, Bright Future: Taking the Meat We Eat Out of the Factory and Putting it Back on the Farm.” The panel discussion is presented by Animal Welfare Approved in cooperation with the Pew Environment Group.


Organic Pastures Dairy Company, Largest Retail-Approved Raw Milk Dairy, Earns AWA Seal

Animal Welfare Approved, the nation’s leading certification label for family farmers raising their animals outdoors with high-welfare standards, is pleased to welcome Organic Pastures Dairy Company of Fresno, California into the AWA program. Organic Pastures Dairy Company has 500 dairy cows and specializes in bringing raw milk and raw milk products to California consumers.


March 2, 2010

Demand for AWA Products Creates Opportunities for Farmers
Surging demand for Animal Welfare Approved meat, dairy and eggs is creating opportunities for family farmers in the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the country. Animal Welfare Approved ranches in the southeast are in need of calves to supply AWA grassfed operations and Animal Welfare Approved has a growing backlog of restaurants and other outlets in the mid-Atlantic hoping to source only AWA eggs.


January 28, 2010

AWA Announces 2010 Good Husbandry Grants
Animal Welfare Approved, the nationally recognized certification program and food label, is pleased to announce the selected projects for the 2010 Good Husbandry Grants cycle. This cycle’s funding priorities include genetics, outdoor access, and welfare improvements in the slaughter process. Twenty-eight projects in 14 states were awarded funding.



December 7, 2009

Consumer Alert #5:  Grassfed Beef and Pastured Pork Available in Whole Foods Market Stores
In response to many ongoing requests asking whether Animal Welfare Approved products are available in Whole Foods Market stores, the answer is YES! This holiday season, in addition to purchasing your AWA meat directly from the farm, CSA, farmers’ markets, co-ops, or buying clubs, you can shop at more than 100 Whole Foods Market locations and find Animal Welfare Approved grassfed beef and pastured pork products.


November 10, 2009

Dr. Mohan Raj, International Farm Animal Welfare Expert, to Lead Animal Welfare Approved Scientific and Technical Advisory Board
Dr. Mohan Raj, a world-renowned expert in humane slaughter and farm animal welfare, has been tapped to lead Animal Welfare Approved (AWA)’s newly formed Scientific and Technical  Advisory Board, AWA Program Director Andrew Gunther announced today.


October 23, 2009

Three Farms in Hawaii Are First to Earn Animal Welfare Approved Seal
Animal Welfare Approved is pleased to announce that Eden Earthworks in Mountain View, Hawaii Lowline Cattle Company in Honoka’a, and Kauai Kunana Dairy on Kauai’s North Shore, have recently been awarded the Animal Welfare Approved seal for high-welfare animal husbandry. Animal Welfare Approved is a free certification granted to family farmers adhering to the high animal welfare standards outlined by the non-profit program.


October 21, 2009

Animal Welfare Approved Certifies Family Farms that Supply Pacific Natural Foods Brand
Program Director Andrew Gunther announced today that Animal Welfare Approved has certified the first two family farms supplying beef and dairy to Pacific Natural Foods. “We are so pleased that Pacific Natural Foods has chosen Animal Welfare Approved to audit and certify its family farms, demonstrating its commitment to high welfare farming. We look forward to an ongoing collaboration as we work towards certifying the other family farms that supply Pacific Natural Foods.”


October 7, 2009

Consumer Alert #4 USDA “Grass Fed” Label Claim Leaves Loophole for Confinement
In response to a recent press release announcing that La Cense Ranch has become the first grassfed beef producer to be certified under the USDA “Grass Fed” standard, Animal Welfare Approved Program Director Andrew Gunther made the following statement: “I am seeing a re-emergence of the arguments that surrounded initial discussions about the USDA’s ‘Grass Fed’ definition. The USDA standard only partially addresses buyers’ expectations for grassfed meat. We are concerned that consumers may assume that a USDA Grass Fed certification means that ruminants are raised on pasture for the duration of their lives, without confinement or feedlots.”


September 30, 2009

Consumer Alert 3: Getting the Word Out About Animal Welfare Approved
Animal Welfare Approved Launches “Advocates of AWA.”


September 22, 2009
Animal Welfare Approved Launches Redesigned Website

New Site Makes it Easier to Find Farms and Products and Provides Online Scientific and Technical Module.


July 17, 2009

Consumer Alert 2: Tips for Cooking 100% Grassfed Beef from Chef Bill Telepan
Chef Bill Telepan, owner of Manhattan”s Telepan Restaurant, gives tips for cooking with 100% grassfed beef. Telepan”s burger is consistently rated as one of the top burgers in New York City, proving you don”t have to make any compromises when cooking or grilling with 100% grassfed beef.


June 25, 2009

New All Natural, Pasture-Raised Product Line by William’s Pork carries Animal Welfare Approved Seal
Animal Welfare Approved is pleased to announce that William’s Pork’s new All Natural Pasture-Raised Pork line will carry the Animal Welfare Approved seal. Animal Welfare Approved hog growers in North Carolina are supplying the pork for the new product line, which includes chops, ribs, ground pork and tenderloin. William”s Pork is based in Lumberton, N.C. and specializes in gourmet pork products.


April 8, 2009

Alfred State College and Animal Welfare Approved Host Summit to Plan Food Supply Chain from Western New York State to New York City
Farmers, State Agriculture Representatives and New York City Chefs and Distributors to Meet on April 23, 2009.


March 13, 2009

Animal Welfare Approved Program Now Open to Canadian Farms


December 4, 2008

Animal Welfare Approved to Provide All Audits for American Grassfed Association Members

November 7, 2008

Animal Welfare Approved Program Sponsors Thanksgiving Dinner for 700 Low-Income New Yorkers at the Food Bank for New York City

October 28, 2008

“Ask Frank” New Blog Feature on Animal Welfare Approved Website

October 16, 2008

Animal Welfare Approved Farmer Jude Becker Featured on Oprah

July 17, 2008

Animal Welfare Approved Program Announces a New Grant Initiative to Improve Animal Welfare on Farms; Farmers May Apply for Grants Up to $10,000

May 30, 2008

Animal Welfare Approved Program Takes Major Steps Forward

May 8, 2008

Animal Welfare Approved Auditors, Advisors and Staff First in US to Receive Training from Esteemed University of Bristol Animal Welfare Program

February 6, 2008

Animal Welfare Approved Farm Accreditations Expanding Rapidly


October 24, 2007

Shop for “Animal Welfare Approved” Products from Family Farms for Upcoming Holiday Meals