Animal Welfare Approved – What’s In It For Me?

Demand for high-welfare, sustainable food is at an all-time high, as consumers seek meat, eggs, and dairy products that are not only healthful, but produced with animal welfare and the environment in mind. And as more people become aware of the benefits of pasture-based farming—and realize that many food label claims like “free range” or “all natural” are highly misleading—they are seeking out the trusted Animal Welfare Approved as the label of choice for sustainable farming. Established in 2006, Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) is an independent, nonprofit farm certification program. We audit, certify, and promote farmers across the U.S. and Canada who raise livestock outdoors on pasture or range, using truly sustainable agriculture methods. Our standards cover farms that raise animals for meat, dairy, and eggs, including the following species: beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry and bison. AWA is committed to bringing farmers and consumers together through an open and transparent program. We believe family farmers should receive a fair price for supplying consumers with high-welfare, sustainably produced food that they can trust. So, what makes AWA different from other farm certifications? Integrity and Trust AWA is the only farm certification that guarantees animals are raised outdoors for their entire lives on an independent family farm using truly sustainable agriculture methods. No other food label offers these distinctions. We’re also

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