Frances Flower

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September 22, 2013 @ Whole Story
At Whole Foods Market®, we are passionate about our food, our community, and our environment. Just recently, we added a core value to our company mission: practicing and advancing environmental stewardship. So last week when I found out that one of our local beef producers won a Regional Environmental Stewardship award I was super excited to find out more.
May 25, 2013 @ Whole Story
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. Farmers and ranchers dedicated to meeting our animal welfare standards.
November 2, 2012 @ Whole Story
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.
October 4, 2012 @ Whole Story
There’s a (ever so slight) chill in the air and the pumpkins are out in front of our stores, which means one thing: fall has arrived! With the change in seasons, have you considered trying something different when you shop in our meat department? Why not break out of the tradition of buying chicken or turkey this season and consider cooking goose, pheasant or quail.
September 6, 2012 @ Whole Story
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 @ Whole Story
pigtails-300x225.png 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...
June 14, 2012 @ Whole Story
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 @ Whole Story
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.
October 20, 2011 @ Whole Story
Family-owned MacFarlane Pheasants has been a leader in pheasant production in 1929. Introduce a new tradition to your holiday table with pheasant this fall.
August 4, 2011 @ Whole Story
Raising organic chicken is no simple undertaking. Learn what’s involved and how our organic chicken suppliers raise their birds.
July 7, 2011 @ Whole Story
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 @ Whole Story
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 8, 2011 @ Whole Story
Fire up the grill and get those tender veal chops and juicy veal burgers cooking! During the month of June, our U.S. stores will have veal on special.
June 2, 2011 @ Whole Story
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 @ Whole Story
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 @ Whole Story
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.



A native Brit, Frances Flower joined Whole Foods Market in 2006 and currently works as an animal production and welfare expert, helping to implement the 5-Step Program. She’s lived in the US, Scotland, and Canada while getting degrees in Zoology, Animal Behavior, and Animal Welfare. Frances cares about how farm animals are raised and is excited to be part of the 5-Step Program. Now settled in Austin, she enjoys running and is passionate about volunteering for a local animal non-profit org. She also loves to garden, which is very fitting given her last name!