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.

“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 bordering Mexico and Canada, and to keep them from imposing billions of dollars in tariffs on U.S. trade,” says Terry Groth, owner of Farm 45 in Jackson, Wisconsin. His farm specializes in raising and grazing Katahdin sheep, Boer and dairy buck goats, many of which are for farm-to-table restaurants in the Milwaukee area.

But while the labeling laws are disputed between the World Trade Organization and our neighbors in the north and south, Groth has a simple solution for consumers concerned about where their dinner comes from.

As a nation of consumers, the customer can drive the market to meet their requests,” he says, offering this advice: “Ask for local products where you shop. Purchasing local meats is going to help cut down on waste from transporting meat thousands of miles away when it’s already right here.

“Wisconsin is one of the largest meat producing and meat packing states in the country, so it shouldn’t be too hard for us to do,” says Groth. And if you really want to cut down on food miles, “purchase meats directly from the farmer or butcher shop, or look for retailers and restaurants that already work with local farms. Sometimes, it’s that simple.”

Want to Learn More About Farm 45? Come Have Dinner With Us!
Sunday, August 23, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Farm 45

Slow Food Wise invites you to join Bavette La Boucherie and Farm 45 for a special evening on the Farm. The night will begin with an assortment of charcuterie hand selected by Chef Karen Bell, owner of Bavette, followed by a farm tour led by Farm 45 Owner Terry Groth.

Finally, a family-style dinner prepared by Chef Karen will be served and local wine maker, Casey Stringer of Stringer Cellars, will offer a selection of wine pairings for the meal.

For ticket information, click here. We look forward to seeing you then!


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