Good, Better, and Best Turkeys in Town!

Good, Better, and Best Turkeys in Town!

What should you be looking for when shopping for the big-day bird? Here’s a quick guide to finding the good, better, and best options for your special Thanksgiving meal.

One of Slow Food WiSE’s best picks: Heritage Narragansett Turkey

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Just because it says “no added growth hormones” doesn’t mean the turkey has been raised humanely. In fact, this is just a tricky marketing tool since federal law prohibits the use of hormones when raising turkeys. Instead, look for things like “no antibiotics,” “free-range,” or “cage-free.”

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Because the USDA …

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Think It’s COOL To Know Where Your Meat Comes From?

COOL, or Country of Origin Labeling, tells you just that. Or at least it used to …

“We’ve been here all along, proudly producing the food we all eat,” says Terry Groth, owner of Farm 45 in Jackson, WI.

On June 11, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the law requiring country of origin labels on beef, poultry and pork. If passed, consumers won’t know what country their meat came from. “Next it will move onto the Senate and most likely pass to appease …

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A Slow Meat update: better, less

The Slow Meat conference in Denver this June was one heckuva meat meet. All puns aside, mainstream meat production in this country encourages some of the worst practices in livestock management–and moving the dial toward the better would amount to enormous systemic change in an industry fueled by demands of fast and cheap.

So how can we as consumers use our purchasing power to buy good, clean, and fair meat? How do we know how to read labels, source good food, and restructure our plates? Read …

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Slow Meat: down on the farm with Farm 45, LLC

It’s like camping without a tent.. I want them (the sheep) to be as happy and healthy as they can get. –Terry Groth, Farm 45, LLC

A few weekends ago, we enjoyed an afternoon at Farm 45 LLC in Jackson for an event called “BBQ on the Banks”. Owner Terry Groth, together with representatives from Town and Country RC&D and the River Alliance of Wisconsin, accompanied guests on a walking tour to discuss the livestock management techniques he uses to steward his land, its soil and …

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Slow Meat: A Meeting of the Minds About Meat

Slow Meat: A Meeting of the Minds About Meat

“I dislike the thought that some animal has been made miserable to feed me. If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.” –Wendell Berry

Although Wendell Berry himself wasn’t able to attend the conference, his daughter, Mary, was there to remind us that, though industrial meat production has turned into a global issue, by focusing on your county, town, and …

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