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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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