How to save the world with your fork—Thanksgiving and every day

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How to save the world with your fork—
Thanksgiving and every day
A friend of the program recently offered some constructive criticism along the lines of: “I love A Greener World’s mission, but sometimes you make statements that are so big, so grand, that people don’t see how it can possibly be true.”

As an organization steeped in agriculture and sustainability, we truly believe that the work we do alongside AGW-certified high-welfare, sustainable farmers across the country (and the world)—put us on the path to making this planet a much better place. We would even say that YOU can save the world, with just the power of your fork! But we know these are big-picture, complex statements. it’s important for us to take a moment and break these statements down, so that you can see AGW’s work in context—and maybe even consider joining us on the journey.

Why Third-Party Certification?
Consumers are regularly bombarded by companies selling products claiming to be “sustainable” or “regenerative” or otherwise environmentally responsible, without any verification to back it up. These claims convince us to buy the same old unsustainable foods we’re trying to avoid, and at the end of the day, we’re merely paying for the illusion of sustainability. But what if there were a way to KNOW our food purchases have a positive impact? This is where third-party certification comes in.

Each of A Greener World’s farm certification programs—Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW, Certified Organic by AGW and Certified Non-GMO by AGW—has meaningful standards that are audited annually. We visit every farm personally so consumers can have confidence in our labels, and farmers can get credit for their hard work. This may sound like a humble strategy but it’s one of our best hopes for making the changes we so desperately need in our food system.

A Greener World in Context
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization recently said agroecological systems are vital in feeding an increasingly populous, resource-strained planet. We know industrial agriculture takes a costly toll on our health, the environment, biodiversity, animal welfare, rural economies and farming families. So by focusing on preserving the environment with sustainable farming, like the agroecological farming standards required by A Greener World, we can change agriculture’s negative interactions with plants, animals, humans and the environment to positive impacts which benefit us all.

The Future is Pasture-Based
Feeding ourselves—i.e., agriculture—is the single biggest impact we have on the planet’s ecology. Right now, much of that impact is extractive, resource-intensive and happening at a high cost to the environment. For humans to be able to live within our means on this planet, we must transition to agricultural systems that function as part of an ecosystem.

So although our grand statements might seem like they are lofty goals, we have to keep in mind that in times like these, we have to think big. Thinking about the whole system is what will bring forward impactful solutions that create real change. By choosing to purchase products from AGW-certified farms or deciding not to reward meaningless labels, you’re making a positive choice to bring transparency—and save the world—one meal at a time.

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5 WAYS YOU CAN HELP BUILD A GREENER WORLD—RIGHT NOW!
Visit A Greener World to:

  1. Learn about food labels you can trust
  2. See the benefits of sustainable livestock farming
  3. Find products from our farmers in your area
  4. Share this vision with your friends and family
  5. Become a member of A Greener World

We can do this—let’s stop feeling powerless and participate in making a change! Join us and become part of a growing movement to build a better food system—and A Greener World.

NC STATE CHEESE AWARD WINNERS
During the North Carolina State Cheese Awards a team of four judges voted Chapel Hill Creamery of Chapel Hill, NC, winners in the following classes (cheese made with milk from their AGW-certified dairy cattle):

  • Open-Soft and Spreadable: first to Chapel Hill Creamery’s “Fresh Farmer Cheese”
  • Open-Semi-Soft Cheese: first to Chapel Hill Creamery’s “Hickory Grove”
  • Open Hard Cheese: first to Chapel Hill Creamery’s “Calvander”
  • Smear Ripened Cheese: first to Chapel Hill Creamery’s “Danziger”

We couldn’t be prouder! Read more here —

#GIVEFORAGREENERWORLD
#GivingTuesday is almost here! This is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, and A Greener World is proud to be taking part. Stay tuned—on Tuesday, we’ll be sharing more on our social media accounts and website about the exciting gift we’ll be giving to all of you this November 27, and the many ways you can give to support A Greener World’s mission to certify and promote sustainable livestock farms. Learn more and get ready for this day of giving by following along at #GiveForAGreenerWorld
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