Humane Farming And You

a brief history of humane farming

Humane farming is not a new concept, with some advocating for its implementation as far back as the 1800s. So what is humane farming? Humane farming means treating and raising animals in natural conditions, without the use of cages or crates that restrict their movement and give them more room to move around, which leads to a healthier lifestyle for them. In turn, this means healthier meat for you!

And it’s not just good for the animals . . . it’s also good for farmers and consumers alike. Not only does this method lead to better quality products, but it is more cost-effective. Who wouldn’t want to save money while buying fresh produce?

While humane farming may seem like an obvious solution, not all farms abide by these standards.

why it’s important to eat humanely

There are many reasons why humane farming is important for you and for our planet, here are just a few:

  • Humane farming is better for the environment.
  • Humanely farmed food tastes better and is better for your health.
  • Humanely farmed food is better both ethically and nutritionally for the animals you eat.

things to do if you want to eat more humanely

  • Shop at local markets, where you can talk to the farmers directly and find out how their animals are treated.
  • Support your local farmers by buying from them. If you can get to know your local farmer and see his or her farm, that’s even better. You’ll be able to see for yourself how the animals are treated.
  • Ask your supermarket and other food retailers to provide more humanely farmed products. Many of these companies volunteer information about their suppliers on their websites, so contact them there if at all possible. If enough people ask them for change, they may just provide it—and everyone benefits in the end!
  • Look for certification labels when shopping, like the cage-free label on eggs or Certified Humane Raised and Handled label on meat products (see more info [here](http://certifiedhumane.org/). These labels mean that a third-party organization with strict standards has checked up on the farm where this product was produced. Just make sure that the label can be trusted! The Food Alliance Certified label is good because it means that a certain percentage of ingredients have been grown in a sustainable way—but not all labels are as strict, so do some research before you trust what you read!
  • Encourage your friends and family members who care about animal welfare (or who would care if they knew more about it) to eat only humanely farmed products too! Share articles with them online, or invite them over for dinner using only humanely farmed products as ingredients. They may be inspired by what they see!
  • Get involved with a local chapter of an organization like Farm Sanctuary (website here), which rehabilitates abused farm animals and raises awareness about factory farming issues through outreach programs like farm tours and “Adopt-a-Farm Animal” sponsorships

why it’s important to shop at local markets and support local farmers.

Shopping at local markets and supporting your local farmers is beneficial in a lot of different ways. It supports the local economy, which means it’s better for your community as a whole. You get access to higher quality products and you support businesses that are probably more environmentally friendly since they’re so close to home. Most importantly, it’s better for the animals! And if it’s better for the animals, then it’s ultimately better for you too.

why the small practices of the farmer add up to make a big difference.

The small practices of the farmer can have a huge impact on the welfare of the animals. There are several practices that farmers can use to improve animal welfare and these include:

  • The farmer provides appropriate housing.
  • The farmer provides a nutritious diet (appropriate for their species).
  • The farmer prevents disease and injury through good husbandry practices, including providing veterinary care and personnel trained in handling and transport of livestock animals.
  • The farmer minimizes stress and discomfort during transport to slaughter facilities by using properly maintained trucks or trailers designed for transporting livestock animals, by loading them in a humane manner, and by minimizing overcrowding during transport.
  • The farmer treats animals with respect before, during, and after slaughter in accordance with religious requirements or other humane methods approved by state authorities or AMS standards for humane handling and slaughter procedures (see United States Standards for Livestock Handling & Transport).

Humane farming is a lifestyle choice that we can all benefit from.

So what is humane farming?

Humane farming is a practice that treats animals with respect and dignity throughout the entire process of raising them. When you shop for humanely raised meat, dairy, or eggs, you’re choosing products from animals who were raised in a way that matches their natural behavior – giving them clean housing and a nutritious diet that does not include antibiotics or hormones. You can learn more about how to find humanely raised food and why it matters on our website.

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