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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Introducting EthicalAgriculture.Org

The website EthicalAgriculture.Org will be officially launched on Jan 1st. In preparation for that event, I will be making a series of blog posts to let everyone know what the website and the organization behind it are all about. I will be detailing who I am, what I think ethical agriculture is, what services this organization can offer, why you should get involved, and more in the next few weeks leading up to the official launch of the website.

My name is Robbie Perdue and I am a farmer. Farming isn't my career however, I'm actually a network engineer turned school teacher. I began raising livestock as a way to feed my children something I knew wasn't full of chemicals, antibiotics, or bacteria. Watching a news report on a child who died from E. coli by eating a contaminated hamburger will put fear in any parent.

I began by raising a few chickens in a dog kennel in the backyard and eventually tried ducks, geese, guinea fowl, pigeons, turkeys, rabbits, pigs, goats, sheep, and cattle. I currently manage a small farm, Waccamaw Pork & Poultry, where I produce pork, poultry and eggs from my own breeding programs. My livestock lives their entire life on my farm and only has one "bad" day. It's that bad day that led me to found EthicalAgriculture.Org.

I have filed paper work to form a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in North Carolina called Southeastern Ethical Agricultural Services Inc. Once approved, I will complete additional forms to do business under the name EthicalAgriculture.Org. I have indicated that we intend to operate as a not for profit corporation with the main purpose to prevent cruelty to animals.

Industrial factory farms produced billions of chickens and hundreds of millions of pigs every year. The vast majority of these animals live in horrible conditions, are pumped full of antibiotics just to keep them alive, and then are slaughtered inhumanely. Current US laws even allow poultry to be slaughtered while still conscious.

I can't support any business that treats animals that way and you don't have to either. You can purchase high quality, great tasting products from local farmers who respect the environment and treat their animals humanely. Sorry, you can't find this at your local supermarket or discount store. With the exception of specialty stores such as Whole Foods, your best bet is buying directly from the farmer, either on-farm or at a farmer's market.

We get to vote three times a day. How will you vote?

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