2018 1020 Ask Your Farmer

October 23, 2018

Ask Your Farmer - Numerous folks have asked Beth & me about the upcoming election to fill Thad Cochran's seat since one of the candidates is the former Ag Commissioner. This is an important election. If you are interested in our thoughts from a farmer perspective simply send us an email and we will reply.

Store Renovations: we are in the process of renovating our online store. Please excuse the clutter as we work through some of the details. Our objective is to have fewer clicks to communicate our principles, practices, products, etc. as well as have a "refreshing" look.

Slaughter Plant Inspection Woes (reported in Acres USA Industrial Ag Watch)
08.7.18 Washington, D.C. – Today, advocacy group Food & Water Watch sent a letter to USDA’s Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety to draw attention to a disturbing situation taking place in many large poultry slaughter plants, where USDA inspectors with the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are being pressured by their supervisors not to stop slaughter lines when problems occur.

The letter outlines what is occurring in many poultry slaughter plants that are participating in the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), which allows company employees to perform food safety inspection tasks that were formerly the responsibility of USDA inspectors.

The plants where these problems have been occurring were part of the original pilot program for privatized inspection, the HACCP-based Inspection Models Project, and are allowed to operate at line speeds of 175 birds per minute. The USDA has announced that it intends to move forward with expanding the number of NPIS plants that can increase their line speeds to 175 birds per minute. These reports come after the recent suspension of an establishment in Mississippi that was also part of the original HIMP pilot.

At Nature's Gourmet Farm we process our chickens with an artisan touch. Taking care to insure each chicken is cleaned in a safe and healthy manner.

Customer Feedback-
"I got my first fresh chickens from your farm earlier this month and want to let you know how impressed I was. I’ve only cooked one, but I am sure the others will be just as good. What really impressed me was how clean the bird was, inside and out, and the fact that there were no hidden globs of extra fat. In addition, when we cut into the chicken, there was no evidence internal bruises or bleeding (patches of blood infused meat). Best of all, the meat tasted clean. Thank you for a wonderful product." Theresa R.

Quote Worth Re-Quoting – “Cooking from scratch is the most important thing we could do as a family to improve our health and overall well being." ~Michael Pollan

As always, thank you for supporting our regenerative, local farm.
Ben & Beth

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