With the wide variety of choices available to consumers today, shoppers increasingly want assurance that their meat, milk and eggs come from animals receiving appropriate care. Industry leaders will discuss a wide range of Food Animal Well-Being issues at the upcoming Center for Food Integrity 2010 Food System Summit in Chicago.
The 5th annual Food System Summit, co-sponsored by The Center for Food Integrity, the International Food Information Council, and the National Council of Chain Restaurants, is scheduled for Oct. 5-6 at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel.
Among the speakers is Brother David Andrews, a senior representative for Food & Water Watch and a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross, an international Catholic religious order of men. "Animals raised for food should be viewed as living, sentient beings deserving of a dignified life," said Andrews.
"It's not just a right to choose what to eat, but to choose what kind of system we want to feed us," said Andrews, who has over 30 years of work on sustainable development, food and water issues, and public policy.
Andrews will be joined by Tim Amlaw, vice president of the American Humane Association farm animal program, to discuss "The Role of NGOs in Addressing Food Animal Issues: A Balanced Approach." Amlaw is vice president of the American Humane Certified program that provides a third-party verification process for livestock farmers to ensure proper care of their animals.
"Our program provides a communications linkage to consumers," said Amlaw. "We're finding retailers really want the transparency and accountability of welfare verification and it gives producers an opportunity to open new markets."
Amlaw has more than 35 years of experience in the agricultural and beef industries. Prior to joining American Humane in 2007, he founded the first brand certification for tenderness by the USDA.
Other sessions during the two-day Summit will address issues in the areas of Food Safety, Technology and Innovation, and Nutrition and Health. Summit participants will also be among the first to see results of the annual CFI Consumer Trust Survey.
Source: Center for Food Integrity