Food service giant Bon Appétit Management Co. recently announced that it will be sourcing all its ground beef from suppliers that meet strict animal-welfare standards. Amounting to over one million pounds of beef each year, this decision will have a significant impact on the industry. And it’s no coincidence.
Bon Appétit Management Co. CEO and co-founder Fedele Bauccio declared, “I’m out to change the industry, and I want to be able to influence the big players to change their practices.”
To which we say, bravo!
Humanely raised meat ensures animals have ample space, shelter and are handled gently to limit their stress. They are provided with ample fresh water and a healthy diet of quality feed, without added antibiotics or hormones. Cages, crates and tie stalls are among the forbidden practices, and animals must be free to do what comes naturally. (For example, chickens are able to flap their wings and dust bathe, and pigs have the space to move around and root.)
Bon Appétit Management Co.’s decision to source humanely raised beef is a big step toward ethical treatment for all animals born and raised on large farms. If more restaurants and food suppliers demanded meat that was raised under strict animal-welfare standards, it would change the face of our nation’s food system.
And that is no small thing.