Three Certified Animal Welfare Approved By AGW Products Recognized As Finalists In National Food Competition

Three A Greener World (AGW)-certified products were chosen as finalists for the 2020 Good Food Awards in recognition of their leading contribution to creating sustainable, delicious and vibrant food economies across the U.S. 

*    Lady Edison Fancy Country Ham 10 Month Reserve, produced by Sam Suchoff of The Pig Restaurant and Lady Edison in Chapel Hill, NC is made using pasture-raised, Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Non-GMO by AGW pork from farmers in the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers’ Association.

*    Green Dirt Farm Fresh – Plain cheese, produced by Sarah Hoffmann and the team at Green Dirt Farm in Weston, MO is made using milk from their herd of Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW dairy sheep.

*    Rinske’s Farmstead Cheese, produced by Rinske de Jong of Working Cows Dairy in Slocomb, AL, is made using milk from their herd of Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW and Certified Grassfed by AGW dairy cows.

Selected from 1,835 entries, the 403 Good Food Award finalists represent 42 states. The three AGW-certified finalists round out a group of 48 finalists in the charcuterie and cheese categories. In the last year AGW-certified farmers and products won over 30 major awards at regional and national food competitions, demonstrating the clear link between high-welfare, pasture-based management and the quality and taste of the dairy, meat and eggs the animals produce. AGW-certified products have received Good Food Awards every year since 2013.

The Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification and food label lets consumers know animals are raised outdoors on pasture or range in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S. and Canada, using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent farm. Acknowledged by Consumer Reports as the only “highly meaningful” food label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability, Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW is one of the nation’s Top 5 fastest-growing food label claims according to SPINS, a leading industry analyst.
2020 Good Food Awards finalist Rinske de Jong of Working Cows Dairy says,
“We are so proud to be chosen as a finalist for the 2020 Good Food Awards.  As one of a handful of dairies in the US to hold both the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW and Certified Grassfed by AGW certifications, our cheese and dairy products truly meet consumer expectations around animal welfare, pasture-based management and sustainability. We work hard to bring delicious and healthy products to our community and the Southeast.”
A Greener World Executive Director Andrew Gunther says,
“Congratulations to AGW-certified Good Food Award finalists! We applaud their commitment to the highest certification standards, their customers and to producing food that is good for people, animals and the environment. A Greener World’s certified producers are industry leaders in farm animal welfare, environmental management and sustainability and it’s no coincidence that these certified farms are continuously making delicious, award-winning food.”
For more information about the AGW-certified Good Food Award winners and finalists, visit https://agreenerworld.org/get-involved/meet-certified-producers/.

ABOUT A GREENER WORLD
A Greener World (AGW) identifies, audits, certifies and promotes practical, sustainable farming systems by supporting farmers and ranchers and informing consumers. AGW’s growing family of trusted certifications includes Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGWCertified Grassfed by AGW and Certified Non-GMO by AGW. Each program is designed to have positive and measurable impacts on the environment, society and animals, and to encourage truly sustainable farming practices. AGW’s standards and procedures are robust and transparent and achievable.

A nonprofilt funded by public donations and membership, A Greener World offers a range of resources to help people make informed food choices, including an Online Directory of certified farms and products and Food Labels Exposed–a definitive guide to food label claims (available in print, online, and as a smartphone app). For more information visit agreenerworld.org.

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