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June 20, 2013
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ChickenWhile organic produce, and even organic dairy, often gets the glory, I thought it would be good to talk about what makes organic meat and poultry organic.

May 21, 2013
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Our selection of meat and poultry is renowned for great taste and superior quality. We believe this has a lot to do with the care that goes into raising the animals and the true partnerships we develop with the farmers and ranchers that supply our stores.
May 13, 2013
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When you visit our meat counters, you get quality meats that meet our strict animal welfare standards. This dedication to animal welfare at farms and ranches and the level of transparency in our stores help you make informed choices about the meat you eat.
April 29, 2013
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I’ll never forget the first time I pulled a whole roasted chicken from the oven. Juicy and golden, it was a beautiful sight. I almost didn’t want to eat it (but I’m glad I did)!

Whole chickens are one of the most popular items at the meat counter, and options span free-range to organic to pasture-raised and more. So what makes pasture-raised different?

Pasture Makes Perfect

November 2, 2012
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Just in time for Thanksgiving, all of our turkey producers have now been certified to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Program.
September 6, 2012
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While organic produce, and even organic dairy, often gets the glory, I thought it would be good to talk about what makes organic meat and poultry organic.
August 9, 2012
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One of the most iconic features of pigs is their curly tails. In fact, they even wag their tails when they are happy or excited. What you may not realize is there aren’t many pigs running around with tails these days.

Sadly, the majority of today’s pigs have their tails removed when they are just a few days to a few weeks old.  Farmers call this tail docking or clipping. The reason? Tail biting. Some pigs repeatedly chew and bite the tails of other pigs, which can lead to painful injuries. The reasons for this tail-biting behavior are complex and there are many contributing factors, but it’s commonly found in pigs housed indoors where stocking densities are high and the pens are barren.

July 12, 2012
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Ever wondered what it takes to raise pastured poultry?  It’s not quite as simple as opening the barn doors and letting the birds roam free!

June 14, 2012
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To curb stress our pig, chicken and cattle are raised to meet Global Animal Partnership's 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating Program, which mandates strict transport standards.
March 22, 2012
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We’ve prohibited the use of gestation and farrowing crates by all of our pork suppliers since 2003. Find out what that means and learn more about the program.
March 4, 2012
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Have you heard? Thompson Farms has achieved a 5+ rating through the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating System!
August 4, 2011
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Raising organic chicken is no simple undertaking. Learn what’s involved and how our organic chicken suppliers raise their birds.
July 8, 2011
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With a low interest loan from our Local Producer Loan Program, the father and son team at Thompson Farms are working to increase their Animal Welfare Rating to the highest level possible.
July 7, 2011
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Miyun Park, Executive Director of Global Animal Partnerships, shares how their 5-Step Animal Welfare Standards are improving the lives of farm animals.
June 17, 2011
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Learn how our team members got up to speed on the 5-Step Animal Welfare Standards Rating Program so they can reinforce that the more you know about our meat, the better.
June 2, 2011
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These third-party certifiers are the boots on the ground for assessing the animals, checking records and talking with farmers to ensure compliance with the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards.
May 20, 2011
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Learn how our meat producers work to enhance the living conditions for animals on their farms, which increases their 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating.
May 4, 2011
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Learn how Jason Jones, owner of Vital Farms, partnered with us to expand his egg business into providing the best quality pastured chicken raised to the highest animal welfare standards.
March 4, 2011
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Learn about the 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating Standards for beef cattle. The higher the Step, the more time the animals spend on range or pasture and the more natural their life.
February 23, 2011
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Learn about the 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating Standards for pigs. The higher the Step, the more interesting their environment and the more natural their life.
February 10, 2011
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The more you know about our meat, the better. That’s just the bottom line around here. Our standards require no added hormones* and no antibiotics, ever. Our true partnerships with farmers and ranchers allow us to offer the highest quality, local and organic choices. And with leading animal welfare standards we’re encouraging a human approach to raising animals.

February 2, 2011
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We’re providing shoppers a new level of transparency about how farm animals are raised by offering beef, pork and chicken certified under the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating™.
December 4, 2010
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By partnering with dedicated family-owned farms and producers, we make sure our hams are the best for your holiday table. Meet these producers and learn how our hams are from pigs raised to meet our high standards.
April 19, 2010
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When you buy beef, what are you concerned about? Take our poll on meat standards and see how your thoughts stack up with others. It’s often easy to forget that the burger, steak or drumstick on your plate was once an animal. How was that animal raised? How was it treated? Where did it come from? What did it eat? What about hormones and antibiotics? Was its growth artificially accelerated to get to market sooner and reduce feed cost?