Last summer I published a post called “Where to Find Happy Meat” that highlights Animal Welfare Approved (AWA), a market-based solution to growing consumer interest in how farm animals are raised, as well as the desire to know where their food is coming from and how it is produced.
The Animal Welfare Approved program audits and certifies family farms raising their animals humanely, outdoors on pasture or range. Farmers who earn the AWA seal benefit from having a third-party verification of their high-welfare practices and consumers benefit by knowing that the humane label means what it says.
Animals are raised outdoors on pasture or range on true family farms with the “most stringent” humane animal welfare standards according to the World Society for the Protection of Animals. Annual audits by experts in the field cover birth to slaughter.
Now AWA offers a directory to help people find AWA products in restaurants, CSAs, farmers’ markets, and retail locations. I like this tool because you can search by key word, zip code, city/state, category, or product. It’s one more way to make happy food shopping easier!