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Major food service company to go humane

February 21, 2012

I wrote about Bon Appetit Management Company on my blog a few weeks ago, noting how they encourage their chefs to buy meat from small- to mid-sized farms. This is significant, because BAMCO (as they’re known) runs 400 college dining halls and museum/company cafes around the country.

Now they’ve gone even further — “where no food service company has dared to go before,” as they say. They’ve pledged that by 2015, they’ll serve no more pork raised in gestation crates, no more crate-raised veal, no more liquid (pre-cracked) eggs from caged hens, and no more foie gras.

BAMCO suspects there isn’t enough supply of humanely raised pork in America now to meet their demand, as they say in this press release. But they’re going forward anyway, and will hopefully take other food service companies along with them. The CEO says if there isn’t enough humane pork to meet their needs, “we’ll serve more turkey sandwiches.”  And indeed, that’s the humaneitarian way of eating — if a humane product is not available, choose something else until you find it!

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  1. Yves says:

    No they are not treated any more huamne. (Not that I believe the majority of animals are mistreated anyways, and this is my very educated opinion).In fact, they may suffer more. How would you like to suffer through months of pneumonia like the baby calves because no one can give you a shot that would clear it up in days. Calves get pneumonia pretty easy, it’s very common. There are plenty of other illnesses that animals must suffer though. Yeah, the natural remedies; I’ve used em, don’t love em. They only help the animal kick the disease on it’s own. There are some bugs (or combos of bugs) that the animal just cannot kick. Plain and simple.Organic milk is the biggest rip off in the world, along with free range eggs. City folk just don’t know. They listen to peta, but they really don’t know.Truth is:Free range is nothing more than a giant barn full of chickens, free to clump up in corners and peck each other to death. They get the same space (square feet per bird) as chickens in cages.Organic milk is exactly the same as regular milk. You can make the rBST argument (it’s falling on deaf ears) but there are tons of stores that only sell rBST free milk. So in that case, you are getting exactly the same thing. However, if you are consuming milk from grass fed (only) cows, now that is chemically different. More omega 3 s and such.In short, buy local. Check out the farms for yourself and see if they meet your standards.