Mindful Eating Made Easy: Why Happy Chickens Matter

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Perdue Farms 3rd Annual Animal Care Summit

One of the coolest parts of parenting is being able to help my kids care about the foods they choose.

And of course, that helps me to do the same, and together we choose brands that care. We love that Perdue® is truly working to be more forward-thinking in raising chickens for food. They are doing this by creating a set of best practices that we can feel good about! On July 11th and 12th, 2018, Perdue Foods hosted its 3rd Annual Animal Care Summit in Salisbury, MD. This summit brought together animal care experts and advocates, customers, farmers, and Perdue leadership to have an open and transparent dialogue about advancements in animal care.

Perdue Farms 3rd Annual Animal Care Summit

Perdue welcomes consumers to review its progress in animal care, as well as its plans going forward. In 2016, they launched an industry-first plan to accelerate and better communicate its progress in animal care. It was titled, “2016 and Beyond: Next Generation of Perdue Commitment to Animal Care”. Perdue’s revolutionary plan moved beyond the welfare measurements most commonly used in the U.S. poultry business – those associated with productivity – and started to consider what chickens want. This is a four-part plan that encompasses not only the animals, but the people who care for and handle them, and the stakeholders who have an interest. The plan’s parts include:

Part 1: Our Chickens’ Needs and Wants

Part 2: Farmer Relationships

Part 3: Openness, Transparency and Trust

Part 4: A Journey of Continuous Improvement

Perdue Farms 3rd Annual Animal Care Summit

Also, Perdue charts its animal care progress against a globally accepted standard for animal husbandry, called “The Five Freedoms.” Here they are:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst

  2. Freedom from discomfort

  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease

  4. Freedom to express normal behaviors

  5. Freedom from fear and distress

Perdue Farms 3rd Annual Animal Care Summit

Perdue Farms 3rd Annual Animal Care Summit

As you know, we raise chickens but only for eggs. That said, we’re well aware of the work that goes into their well-being and care. It matters for the eggs on your plate, and just as much, if not more, for the meat on your plate.

As we move towards more mindful eating practices, we know that it starts with the brands you choose. Do their values align with yours? If not, say something! And if so, that’s awesome. This is the start of thinking about where the food you eat comes from, and how it can better your life. I love that we’re having these discussions and I hope it spreads.

Perdue Farms 3rd Annual Animal Care Summit

Do you practice mindful eating too?

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