Humane Treatment

Understanding what type of port products to buy requires learning about what they eat and how they're raised. It also requires understanding how they aren't raised... — Douglas Gayeton

If you don't live on or near a farm, chances are you may not know how your local farm animals are raised. In this edition of Food List, you will find inspiration and incentive to investigate the existence of farm animals.

Before his passing in 2013, Mark Newman was known to many for his generous spirit and kind heart. Mark raised heritage breed pigs outdoors and was a great advocate for the humane treatment of animals. He treated the animals with the utmost respect. Mark was an inspiration to many, and the world is better for it.

Like Mark, Adele Douglass also fights for the humane treatment of animals. She sat down with us to talk about what it means to be “certified humane”.

Certification is key to ensuring animals are raised humanely. Andrew Gunther couldn’t agree more. Together, we explore Animal Welfare Approved.

Can humanely treated animals actually be good for us and the environment? Nicolette Hahn Niman, famed author, lawyer and environmental advocate certainly thinks so. Her knew book “Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production” is a must read.

Across the pond, Italian pork producers ensure their pigs live a happy life and, when slaughtered, are fully put to good use. Perennial Plate explores the mark of quality ham at La Corte dei Neri.

Forest-raised pigs might be the bucolic vision we’ve all cherished since childhood, but sadly, in many instances, it’s not reality. In “Animal Welfare” Grace Communications talks about the issue and offers solutions.

Purchasing meat at a local level is a great way to make sure the animal has been treated humanely from birth to slaughter and beyond. Civil Eats offers an inspiring tale.

Friends of the Earth dramatically portrays these solutions for raising animals humanely with a stunning info graphic, and Chef Ann has a delicious recipe to make with humanely raised beef.

This week's terms

Humane Treatment

Raising livestock with a nutritious diet, access to a ashelter and resting area, sufficient space to graze, raised without the use of subtherapeautic antibiotics, and the ability to engage in instinctive behaviors.

Heritage Breed

At one time, domestic animals were bred with respect to their local environments. The introduction of industrial agriculture, however, led to the disappearance of many of these heritage breeds. Fortunately, the reintroduction of small scale farming is increasing the numbers of these animals.


Stockmanship demands a responsibility to raise animals humanely.

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