EthicalFoods.com Talks With Fork In The Road Foods
Wed October 23, 2013
We talked with EthicalFoods.com, an online magazine focused on topics related to ethical and sustainable food, about the way we do things at Fork in the Road. Our conversation covers everything from our sustainable farming practices to how we handcraft our deli items.
Antibiotic Use Still Widespread In Livestock
Tue June 25, 2013
Despite a warning in March from the Centers for Disease Control the United States continues to use at least 70 percent of its antibiotics on livestock. This practice threatens the health of Americans, who consume all those antibiotics and risk becoming resistant to them.
This article states that "Millions of pounds of antibiotics are routinely administered at low doses to large numbers of animals living in crowded conditions, not because they are sick, but to speed their growth and prevent possible infections, creating ideal conditions for bacteria to become resistant."
Fork in the Road is committed to sourcing from small family farmers who raise their animals without antibiotics or growth stimulants of any kind.
National Parks To Offer Healthier, ABF Foods
Thu June 13, 2013
The National Park Service introduced new food standards last week that will eventually require all food retailers in their parks to serve up antibiotic-free meats and healthier food options. From Yellowstone to Yosemite, the guidelines will encourage concessionaires to also use local, sustainable foods when possible. This is a huge step, considering the park service sells meals to 23 million people each year.
Canadian Doctors Call For An End To Antibiotic Use In Livestock
Wed March 27, 2013
A group of Canadian doctors are calling on farmers to stop giving livestock antibiotics so routinely. The reason is clear from a health perspective: "For the last 100 years, we've grown to think of infections as easily treated by antibiotics," said one of the doctors, stressing that "patients are at risk of becoming sicker, taking longer to recover and, in some cases, dying from previously treatable diseases." This is all due to both animals and people becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics because they have become so overused in farm production.
Antibiotic Use In Meat Industry At An All-time High
Mon February 11, 2013
The livestock industry now consumes four-fifths of all antibiotics used in the US, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. Consumption of drugs has been steadily rising, and hit a record 29.9 billion pounds in 2011, compared to 7.7 billion for humans. The more antibiotics issued in livestock production, the more antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria arise, studies have found. For example, of the Salmonella on ground turkey, Pew found 78% were resistant to at least one antibiotic. Furthermore, half of the bacteria were resistant to three or more antibiotics.
Fork In The Road Relaunches On Facebook
Thu January 31, 2013
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Why Limiting Antibiotics On The Farm Is A Fight We Can Win
Fri December 28, 2012
Washington Post food columnist Jane Black argues that we just can't "shop our way out" of the issue of antibiotics in our meat supply. Instead, she says, "Only smart politics will yield smarter food." Through carefully crafted policy and strategic alliance, Black believes we can finally boot antibiotics off American farms, leading to cleaner, healthier meat.
Food Policy Action Holds Leaders Accountable
Wed December 12, 2012
Tom Colicchio, a "Top Chef" judge, went on NBC's "Morning Joe" to discuss his role in the formation of Food Policy Action. The organization's mission deals with a wide range of food policy issues, which include supporting local and regional food systems, treating farm animals humanely, and reducing the environmental impact of farming and food production. The organization has placed particular attention on the U.S. Congress, and launched a scorecard of representatives' votes on issues such as food safety, hunger, farm subsidies, food labeling, organic food and local food systems. To see how your representatives fared, click here: http://www.foodpolicyaction.org/
Renewed Call For Antibiotic Regulations In Farm Animals
Sat December 1, 2012
An op-ed published in the San Jose Mercury News is calling for a bold new action plan regarding antibiotic use in food animals. The piece, written by Fork in the Road farmer Russ Kremer and former FDA Commissioner Donald Kennedy, cite growing resistance to antibiotics used in commodity meat and, along with others, are pushing for new regulations. The duo has signed a national statement calling on the FDA and Congress to end the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. "Released in September, one statement was signed by more than 150 of the nation's Ph.D.-level scientists and M.D. researchers," they wrote. "Another statement was signed by more than 50 farmers, ranchers, and producers of antibiotic-free meat. These entrepreneurs signed out of concern for the health of their customers, neighbors, and employees — and their own families."
Fork in the Road supports the efforts of these farmers, scientists and consumers by only sourcing meat free of antibiotics and added hormones.
Commodity Pork Supply Widely Contaminated
Wed November 28, 2012
Consumer Reports found widespread bacterial contamination in the commodity pork supply, which could cause food poisoning and, worse, resistance to antibiotics. The study found that the majority of its bacteria samples were resistant to at least one of the medically prescribed antibiotics it tested in the lab. This resistance is directly linked to the routine use of antibiotics for hogs raised on factory farms. Fork in the Road only sources hogs raised by small family farmers who never ever give their animals antibiotics or hormones.