Cottonwood Creek Farms: No Pens, Happy Hens!

Cottonwood Creek Farms: No Pens, Happy Hens!

This is the story of Cottonwood Creek Farms, a family-owned and operated egg farm in Colorado. Matt Kautz, owner and operator, tells us how he began raising chickens and his business relationship with Natural Grocers. This free range farm provides Natural Grocers with healthy and delicious pasture-raised chicken eggs in a pink box. Learn about the pink box and just how unique their "mobile hen house" method of farming is, in this short vendor spotlight by Natural Grocers.

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A Small Scale Integrated Livestock Farm

A Small Scale Integrated Livestock Farm

Husband and wife team, farmers Mike Guebert and Linda Bangs live on 10 acres of land, raising and tending to a variety of livestock. Currently, they have 2 Jersey cows, and 40 goats that provide raw milk; about 250 laying chicken hens for eggs, and 800 chickens for (meat) broilers; and 5 turkeys: 4 hens, and one happy tom. Oh yes, and not to forget, 2 heritage breed pigs, and just the day before we arrived this spring (2012), they picked up 14 wiener pigs. 

This is a snapshot moment of life on their farm, and their story.

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COK Investigation Reveals Shocking Abuse To Calves

COK Investigation Reveals Shocking Abuse To Calves

UPDATE: Criminal charges of cruelty to animals have been filed. 

Compassion Over Killing's new undercover video reveals callous and egregious cruelty to dairy calves in Colorado who are just days old. These fragile animals are violently dragged by their legs, pulled by their ears, lifted by their tails, kicked, thrown, slammed, and flipped.

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Markets of Misery

Markets of Misery

Hidden-Camera Video Exposes Shocking Animal Abuse at Livestock Markets

Every year, millions of cows, pigs, goats, sheep, and other animals are funneled through livestock markets on a stressful and terrorizing journey that often ends at the slaughterhouse. A new Mercy For Animals investigation at auctions in Mississippi reveals brutal violence at the hands of workers.

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Food Betrayal - Don't Swallow the Lies Alan Lewis / TEDxBoulder

Food Betrayal - Don't Swallow the Lies   Alan Lewis / TEDxBoulder

As an industry insider, Alan Lewis knows just how badly the food system is broken. In this high energy TEDx talk, Alan reveals the sophisticated methods used by the food industry “fibberati” to manipulate, deceive and distract us. If you have ever read a food label and felt you were being lied to, you have felt the “dark mark” of the fibberati. We can resist these nefarious tactics by making conscious food choices based on core values that support a sustainable and just food system.

Alan directs Government Affairs and Food and Agriculture Policy for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a 60-year-old health food chain operating over 85 stores in fifteen states. He is active in many trade organizations and sits on the Boulder County Food and Agriculture Policy Council. His focus is on communicating with local and federal policy makers using frameworks that are non-confrontational and inclusive -- except for tonight.

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Fix Food - Fix Antibiotics - Meat Without Drugs

Fix Food - Fix Antibiotics - Meat Without Drugs

AMERICANS ARE UNDER THREAT FROM ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT SUPERBUGS, making us vulnerable to common, once treatable infections. Unfortunately, a remarkable 80 percent of antibiotics in the U.S. are used not by humans, but by the meat and poultry industries so factory farm animals can grow faster and survive crowded and unsanitary conditions. This is creating superbugs and humans are exposed in a number of ways, including when we handle or eat undercooked meat. Our life-saving drugs are becoming less effective when we really need them. Unfortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has refused to take meaningful action to restrict the use of unnecessary antibiotics in livestock production.

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The Pig Pledge (Video by Tracy Worcester)

The Pig Pledge (Video by Tracy Worcester)

STEPHEN COMMENT:  Tracy Worcester’s engaging video is fun, upbeat and lays it all out for you in just over three minutes. It contains no hard-to-watch animal-suffering content - this will archive in Candy's Room!

Please take a look.

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