Executive Director, Humane Farm Animal Care
Humane Farm Animal Care is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide viable, credible, duly monitored standards for humane food protection and ensuring consumers that certified products meet these standards.
Mark and Francis welcome Adele Douglass, Executive Director, to talk about her organization. Their goal is to insure the quality of life for farm animals. For Ms. Douglass this is a philosophical issue. While we eat animals for food, she and her organization believe that while the animals are here they should have the best life possible. Different from "certified organic", a USDA program which sets standards for growing crops and has some livestock standards that apply to all species of animals, "certified humane" is a voluntary program which has set on average 27-30 standards for raising and handling each species of farm animal.
Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs of New Hampshire was one of the first products to be given the "certified humane" label. Jesse LaFlamme from Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs said the process was quite rigorous but worth it. Amongst the many standards his chickens are cage free - allowing to feed and move about as chickens were meant to do. A noted New York Chef will only use Pete and Gerry's Eggs noting that "the yolks are true golden creamy and sweet".
Well cared for animals result in a better working environment for the handlers and a better product for consumers to enjoy. Look for the "Certified Humane" label.
Podcast Date: 2/3/2006