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Where Does Our Food Come From?
The question everyone asks and no one answers.
Have you ever wondered about the source of your food while eating it? How and where was it produced? How was it treated and cared for? Well, you are not the only one! Animals on farms and ranches should be treated well in an environment that promotes a healthy, fully enriched life, and public concern about animal welfare is on the rise: 60 percent of U.S. consumers say they are more concerned about animal welfare. Knowing about the source of your food and the environment it came from is a right, not a privilege.
A study has shown that 66% of consumers are either ‘very’ or ‘quite’ concerned about where their food has come from. That is why you should get your food from known sources, for the safety of yourself and the environment. [/vc_wp_text][vc_single_image image=”24117″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_wp_text]
Awareness of animal cruelty in food production has risen to the point that it has become a trend for people to buy from cruelty-free, certified sources. In fact, 75% of consumers are more likely to buy from companies that are making a great effort to adopt environmentally-conscious practices, and 84% of consumers check where their food has come from. People are starting to demand more natural products from certified-sources following specific values and qualifications, thus raising standards in the market for companies and manufacturers. Companies are also coming up with different systems to satisfy people, one of which is Whole Foods, which has created a rating system that fully supplies those demands: the 5 step animal-welfare system.[/vc_wp_text][vc_single_image image=”24122″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_wp_text]
Whole Foods: a revolution in the healthy-foods trend
Whole Foods is the world leader in the natural and organic food industry, dating back to 1980, when it was founded in Austin, Texas. Whole Foods works on delivering the healthiest and most natural food products to consumers while also supporting up and coming suppliers across the world. Whole Foods focuses on developing their standards and researching all the ingredients and processes involved in distributing all sorts of meats, seafood, and self-care products.[/vc_wp_text][vc_single_image image=”24123″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_wp_text]All of the products Whole Foods carry disclose whether they are organic (thus GMO-free) or non-GMO.
Whole Foods works with all kinds of experts (like engineers, agriculturists, biologists) to develop the Responsibly Grown program, which includes buying first from farmers who are committed to better and safer ways to grow food. This raises the standards in the market and encourages suppliers to enhance their manufacturing processes and reduce possible harms to the environment.
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The 5 Step Animal-Welfare System
Whole Foods has created a system for suppliers to help them determine the quality of animal-welfare on their farms and communicating that clearly to the consumer.
The system works by categorizing farms and ranches into 5 steps depending on what standards in quality, care, and environment they currently have in place. To be able to reach step 1, suppliers must meet more than 100 requirements, and if they don’t qualify, Whole Foods will not sell their products. Farms and Ranches that do make the first step are encouraged to keep progressing along each step.
These are the steps of the program followed by a short description:
- Step 1: No cages, no crates, no crowding: Animals are not kept in cages and crates, nor are they kept in a crowded environment.
- Step 2: Enriched environment: which means animals are given all the necessities available to support a more natural upbringing to make them feel like they are home.
- Step 3: Enhanced outdoor access: Animals are given access to spacious and safe outdoors to roam in, increasing their psychological and physiological well-being.
- Step 4: Pasture centered: Animals eat from pasture during all their lifetime unless their pasture could possibly cause them harm (for example, if there was a storm).
- Step 5: Animal centered, no physical alterations: no body-modifications like dehorning, wing clipping, etc are done on the animals.
[/vc_wp_text][vc_single_image image=”24133″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_wp_text]Transparency about the source of the food and the environment it was in can benefit everyone.
Whole Foods’ 5 step animal welfare rating system has had many positive effects on the market, some of which are:
- Increased transparency and clarity for the consumer.
- Greater awareness about the importance of treating animals well.
- Increased competition in the cruelty-free food market which results in; lower costs to consumers and more diverse food options for consumers.
- Increased support for suppliers that are doing the right thing and rewarding them by buying from them first.
Whole Foods has taken a big step in the right direction with this system, which has lead many other companies and communities to implement similar ratings systems. One of which is The Green Line Market.[/vc_wp_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDaDIlMjBzdHlsZSUzRCUyMnRleHQtYWxpZ24lM0ElMjBjZW50ZXIlM0IlMjIlM0UlM0NzdHJvbmclM0VTdWJzY3JpYmUlMjB0byUyMG91ciUyMG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIlM0MlMkZzdHJvbmclM0UlM0MlMkZoMiUzRSUwQSUzQ3AlMjBzdHlsZSUzRCUyMnRleHQtYWxpZ24lM0ElMjBjZW50ZXIlM0IlMjIlM0VBbWF6aW5nJTIwZ2l2ZWF3YXlzJTJDJTIwaGVhbHRoeSUyMGxpdmluZyUyMGlkZWFzJTIwYW5kJTIwYmV0dGVyJTIwYnJhbmRzLiUzQyUyRnAlM0UlMEElM0NwJTIwc3R5bGUlM0QlMjJ0ZXh0LWFsaWduJTNBJTIwY2VudGVyJTNCJTIyJTNFJTVCeWlrZXMtbWFpbGNoaW1wJTIwZm9ybSUzRCUyMjElMjIlNUQlM0MlMkZwJTNF[/vc_raw_html][vc_single_image image=”24136″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_wp_text]
Green Line Market: The solution to a healthier life
The Green Line Market works on delivering the best ethical home, personal, and pet products for the environmentally-conscious, by sourcing from many certified suppliers. And then allowing you to sort and manage your preferences for the values and certifications you care about most to find products that match your lifestyle. Like Whole Foods, Green Line Market uses third party certification, standards, and qualifications such as:
The Green Line Market also has their own eco-friendly values like vegan, plastic-free, fragrance-free, recycled/recyclable, and non-toxic. Green Line offers a variety of products for all sorts of consumers like kids, mothers, pets, and those wishing to live healthier, more sustainable lifestyles. Green Line Market provides transparency in information to help health–conscious people achieve their lifestyle, for example, if you had a fragrance allergy, or you wanted any products you buy to be made in the USA and cruelty free, you can set your filters to show you only products that fit those categories. [/vc_wp_text][vc_single_image image=”24137″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_wp_text]
Do your part for the cause
Companies are increasingly standing up for what matters. we, as consumers can do our part by supporting them, recommending them to those around us, and providing them with positive-feedback. This is voting with our dollars. in the end, we all share the same goal: To have a healthier life and planet.[/vc_wp_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDZGl2JTIwaWQlM0QlMjJmZWF0dXJlZC1ibG9nLXBvc3QtcHJvZHVjdHMlMjIlM0UlNUJwcm9kdWN0cyUyMGNvbHVtbnMlM0QlMjIxJTIyJTIwc2t1cyUzRCUyMjIyMzk1NzIlMkM2RjQ5MjJGNDU1NjglMkMwMjIxNzM5JTJDMDIyMTYzMCUyQzAyMjE0NjUlMkMxNzMyODU4JTJDMTU3NjIxNCUyMiU1RCUzQyUyRmRpdiUzRQ==[/vc_raw_html]