Look for This New Animal Welfare Approved Label
A Greener World (AGW), one of North America’s most trusted farm certifiers, wants its new label to help consumers easily identify humanely-raised, environmentally sustainable meat, eggs, and dairy.
AGW believes that “the continued weakness of organic livestock and poultry standards, and an anticipated trend of deregulation underscores the important role of independent third-party certifications like Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) in ensuring high-welfare, pasture-based management.”
They work with more than 1,500 ranchers and farmers, spanning 3 million acres in the U.S. and Canada. Right now, you can find AWA-approved products (here’s a list of all of them) at restaurants, online, at local farmers’ markets, co-ops, through distributors, and in regional and national retail outlets such as Publix, Lowes Foods, Kroger, Dean & Deluca, Natural Grocers, Whole Foods Market stores, Earth Fare, and more.
What does an AWA label mean to consumers? Some of the standards you’ll find on products with this label:
- Verified outdoor pastures
- No cages, crates, or feedlots
- Verified environmentally sustainable farming and ranching
- Zero use of hormones (like rBST), animal byproducts, or antibiotics
- Independent standards for slaughterhouse inspections
...and so much more. See all of the AWA’s standards here.