Sierran Masthead

Take Action on Food Quality

By Jolinda Buchanan
Indiana Conservation Organizer

Hoosiers have a choice—we can support large industrial meat factories that extract a heavy toll on public health, our environment, rural communities, workers, and animals—or we can support independent sustainable livestock production by Indiana family farmers that have fed us with wholesome and flavorful products for hundreds of years.

We are asking club members to talk to your grocer, your butcher, and your favorite restaurants. Ask them where their meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy come from. Insist that they support humane, sustainable agriculture practices by offering consumers choices that support family farmers and sustainable food production.

Seek out a farmer’s market in your area from the USDA’s national directory at http://www.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/index.htm.

Search for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in your area at http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/csa/csalower.htm.

Locate grocers, producers, restaurants, and retailers that offer antibiotic-free organic and humanely raised meat products at http://www.iatp.org/EatWell/orgResults.cfm.

If you are concerned about the health and environmental effects associated with animal factories, you are still faced with the challenge of finding out where and how to access alternative food sources.

The good news is that consumers often have choices when it comes to purchasing meat and poultry. There are traditional family farmers who do not raise their livestock in cramped, inhumane conditions that necessitate the widespread use of antibiotics.

In fact, many farmers raise animals on a smaller scale and give their livestock more room to roam, resulting in meat that poses fewer health and environmental risks.

If you have questions regarding these issues or if you find additional producers and alternatives in your area, please let us know and we will get the word out to others.

The Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club supports Indiana’s independent and sustainable family farmers who bring safe, wholesome and humanely raised meat products and produce to our dinner table.


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