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Andrew Gunther
Andrew Gunther joined the Animal Welfare Approved program in April 2008 as program director. Previously, he was the senior global animal compassionate product procurement and development specialist for Whole Foods Market, leading the team that designed and launched the company's five-step welfare program in the United Kingdom. From a truly agricultural background, Andrew, with his wife and children, pioneered the world's first organic poultry hatchery for chickens. The Gunther family also managed the production for the largest independent organic chicken producer.

2012-03-26-AWA_AppLogo_4c_Final129.jpgAs Program Director for Animal Welfare Approved, Andrew has spearheaded the program’s unprecedented growth, increasing the number of approved farms tenfold, promoting farm viability for humane livestock farmers, and growing market strength. The Animal Welfare Approved standards have been rated “most stringent” by the World Society for the Protection of Animals. Andrew also works with restaurants groups and retailers to increase the availability of Animal Welfare Approved meat, dairy and eggs in traditional retail settings. Andrew is currently part of the Texas State Board of Agriculture's organic advisory board and a member of the American Association of Agricultural Scientists.

An online directory of Animal Welfare Approved products at retailers, restaurants, farmers' markets, CSAs, and other outlets may be found on the AWA website.

Entries by Andrew Gunther

Big Ag's Gifts for 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 11:50 AM

It's a tradition of mine to write a note of gratitude to Big Ag for the many "gifts" they've bestowed upon us all over the past 12 months. Gifts that we didn't really want, need, or--in some cases--didn't even know about....

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"Humane" Food Labeling Isn't Worth the Label It's Printed on

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:48 PM

So you choose meat that's labeled "humanely raised" or "sustainably farmed" because you're concerned about animal welfare and the impact of farming on the environment. And you're happy to pay a little bit more for it because you know it's the right thing to do.

But what if I...

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Genetic Engineering's 5 Epic Fails

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 11:00 PM

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Farming's Bitter Pill: Has the FDA Flouted Its Own Evidence About the Safety of Farm Antibiotics?

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 9:32 AM

A damning new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveals that our government has been ignoring the very real risks to public health from routine antibiotic abuse in intensive livestock farming.

According to the NRDC's new report, "Playing Chicken With Antibiotics," the U.S. Food and Drug...

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Big Ag's Gifts for 2013

(2) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 2:15 PM

As the year comes to an end it's become a tradition of mine to write a note of gratitude to Big Ag for the many "gifts" they've given us all throughout the year. Gifts that we didn't really want, need or -- in some cases -- didn't even know about....

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Industry Assurances Over Drug Safety Found to Be Misleading?

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Credit to SRAP

Yet another industry assurance about the safety of the controversial practices used in intensive livestock production has been exposed as a falsehood.

Hot on the heels of recent public health and environmental scares associated with industrial livestock farming --...

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Why Walmart Must Help to End Antibiotic Abuse in Farming

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 2:53 PM

Photo credit: iStockphoto

In this era of uninformed "silver bullet" solutions to the plague that is industrial farming, it's great to see that Dan Imhoff -- the author of the seminal book CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories -- is making...

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Big Ag's Tactics to Stop Meatless Monday Are a Disgrace

(227) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 12:33 PM

Talk about paranoia: I've just read that the catering company which runs the various cafeterias on Capitol Hill is stopping its promotion of "Meatless Mondays." The reason? An intensive meat industry front group, the entertainingly-named Farm Animal Welfare Coalition, has pressured the catering company to cease supporting Meatless...

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Unauthorized GM Wheat Exposes The Insanity of Open-Air Field Trials

(11) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 5:43 PM

Unapproved, unwanted, and now out of control: the news that an unlicensed genetically modified (GM) wheat has been found growing on a field in Oregon -- almost 10 years after it was supposed to have completely destroyed -- sent shivers down my spine.

I've been blogging about the known...

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Smithfield Sellout: Will Americans Pay the Price?

(6) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 2:10 PM


Well, it's official: the United States of America is on its way to becoming China's cesspool. Or the world's largest "CAFO"...

As reported by almost every major media outlet, Smithfield Foods -- the nation's biggest pork producer -- is being sold to Shuanghui International,...

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GE Crop Thriller Leaves Bond and Bourne for Dust

(30) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 6:33 PM

It's the kind of farfetched plot you'd expect to see in a James Bond or Jason Bourne movie. You know, where the bad guys are found to be secretly coercing governments -- and even entire countries -- to aid corporate global domination, and where good old Felix from the CIA...

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Public Health Warning: This Meat May Contain Life-threatening Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

(13) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 12:06 PM

Maybe it's time we demanded a health warning on intensively produced meat products. Because when it comes to the link between modern so-called science-based industrial livestock farming and the rise of life-threatening antibiotic resistant bacteria, the evidence just keeps on coming.

Hot on the heels of a damning report...

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria: Big Ag Washes Its Hands of Any Responsibility

(24) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 3:31 PM

We can be pretty certain that in the coming days we will hear this message over and over again "So what if most of the meat on our supermarket shelves is contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria? If you handle and cook your meat properly then a few bacteria shouldn't be a...

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GM Salmon: Why You Should Care!

(21) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 10:31 AM

UPDATE February 13: Following significant public pressure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just announced that it is extending the public comment period for AquaBounty Technologies' application for AquAdvantage Salmon for a further 60 days. Originally slated to end on February 25, 2013, the comment period will remain open...

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A Meat-Free Superbowl Party? Not for Me...

(58) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 6:15 PM

As I join the 110 million or so Americans who will watch the San Francisco 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday, we will collectively chomp our way through an incredible 1.23 billion chicken wings, plus millions of burgers, hot dogs and steaks. That's a staggering amount...

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Big Ag Profits From Food Waste

(85) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 12:16 PM

Almost half of all the food we produce in the world never makes it to a plate. Today, we allow a staggering two billion tons of food to go to waste each and every year. If we eliminated this unnecessary food waste, we could potentially provide 60-100 percent more food...

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Big Ag's Gifts for 2012

(29) Comments | Posted December 30, 2012 | 8:05 PM

As the year comes to an end it's become a tradition of mine to write a note of gratitude to Big Ag for the many 'gifts' they've given us throughout the year that we didn't really want, need or -- in some cases -- didn't even know about. Here's my...

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Would You Like Extra Ractopamine With Your Pork, Sir?

(23) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 2:31 PM

If you haven't heard of the drug ractopamine before, you're probably not alone. But if you've eaten intensively reared pork, beef or turkey, then you will almost certainly have consumed meat from an animal that's been fed the drug -- and probably eaten ractopamine yourself.

In a recent test of...

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The Dirty Tricks of the 'No on 37' Campaign Are Nothing New

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 11:45 AM

Last week, the "No on 37" campaign was called out for allegedly misusing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's logo on a campaign flyer opposing the labeling of genetically modified (GM) ingredients in food.

The "No on 37" campaign flyer includes the FDA logo next to a quote...

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Don't Be a Mushroom!

(15) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 4:25 PM


Two separate but very much related events that could radically change the way America farms and feeds itself are big in the news right now. Both concern a matter dear to my heart: food labeling.

As leading food and ag...

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