Why is Foully Raised Food So Cheap?

There has been quite a kerfuffle in the media and in agriculture posts about the rise of egg prices due to an animal welfare law in California. Back in 2008, California voters approved a statewide initiative requiring that eggs come from chicken (still) in cages that (at least) provide room for the birds to lie down, stand up, turn around, and fully extend their wings. The law went into effect January 1, 2015 and it applies to all eggs sold in the state wherever the eggs were laid.

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Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

Chipotle Stops Serving Pork at Many Outlets

Chipotle Mexican Grill, the food chain that has always had a strong commitment to responsibly sourcing ingredients, has halted serving pork (carnitas) at hundreds of its restaurants. A supplier to about a third of the chain's outlets has violated their "responsibly raised" standards, discovered during a routine check. The violations were primarily in connection to housing for the animals, mandated by Chipotle to be humane, with access to the outdoors, and barring use of cramped pens.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Cond√© Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

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chickens in yard behind coop fence
11/03/2015
There has been quite a kerfuffle in the media and in agriculture posts about the rise of egg prices due to an animal welfare law in California. Back in 2008, California voters approved a statewide... read more
chipotle restaurant sign and logo
01/15/2015
Chipotle Mexican Grill, the food chain that has always had a strong commitment to responsibly sourcing ingredients, has halted serving pork (carnitas) at hundreds of its restaurants. A supplier to... read more
chickens in yard behind coop fence
11/03/2015
There has been quite a kerfuffle in the media and in agriculture posts about the rise of egg prices due to an animal welfare law in California. Back in 2008, California voters approved a statewide... read more
chipotle restaurant sign and logo
01/15/2015
Chipotle Mexican Grill, the food chain that has always had a strong commitment to responsibly sourcing ingredients, has halted serving pork (carnitas) at hundreds of its restaurants. A supplier to... read more