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June 11, 2014

The Humane Society of the United States welcomes this announcement as a positive step for animal welfare

SoCo Farm and Food announced the launch of its new food distribution service, which sources animal products from traditional family farms that implement higher animal welfare practices—and are not  factory farms. SoCo Farm and Food will serve retailers and institutions in N.C., Va., D.C., S.C., Ga., Tenn. and Ky. The Humane Society of the United States applauds SoCo Farm and Food for creating one of the few food distribution services in this region to offer products from only local farmers that adhere to higher animal welfare practices.

Kimberly Kulers, owner of SoCo Farm and Food, said: “By working with local North Carolina farmers to provide restaurants and schools with more humane and sustainable food options, we are providing an alternative to the conventional food system and better serving the interests of animals, the land and our communities.”

Lack of access to distribution is often a barrier that makes it harder for traditional family farms to compete against industrial factory farms, which routinely cut corners, especially when it comes to animal welfare. SoCo Farm and Food is preserving independent agriculture by providing new market opportunities for farmers who are good stewards of the land and animals.

The Humane Society of the United States advocates compassionate eating – or the Three Rs: “reducing” or “replacing” consumption of animal products, and “refining” our diets by choosing products from sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards.

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, 301-548-7793, namini@humanesociety.org

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Article source: HSUS

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